Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) Stock Coverage Initiated at Credit Suisse Group AG

Analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG initiated coverage on Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) stock, rating the company at Neutral. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $47.76, $42.01. Coca-Cola Co.stock has a 52-week high of $47.13.After initiating coverage,, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not unusual.

U.S. stocks finished higher Thursday, near their intra-day highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.99% closed up 177.71 points, or 1%, at 18,212.48, led by a 3.4% surge in shares of Apple Inc. AAPL, +3.40%

All 30 of the Dow components finished in the green.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +1.01% wrapped up 21.49 points, or 1%, to 2,147.26, and all the large-cap gauge’s sectors ended higher, topped by a 1.7% rise in the tech sector and a 1.1% gain in health-care shares

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.36% advanced 18.52 points, or 0.4%, to close at 5,173.77.
Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts inititate coverage.

Shares of Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) opened at $42.01 today and traded in a range between, $41.88 and $42.39, and last traded at $42.36, which represents a change of $ 0.25 over the previous closing price.

Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) now has a market cap of 182.83B

The stocks average daily volume is 11,657,500 shares out of a total float 3,886,627,000 of and some 10,244,620 shares traded hands yesterday, 73 percent lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) now has a 50-day MA is $43.49 and 200-day MA is $44.77, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $38.51 – 47.13 and today’s last price is -10.12 percent off the 52 week high.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies who have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25 percent over a 3 year period.

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