Coca-Cola Company (The) (KO) stock coverage started with “Equal Weight” in note to investors by Barclays PLC

Coca-Cola Company (The) (NYSE: KO) shares closed lower in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks edged lower Monday, with major indexes retreating from record levels.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.31% fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 19,916, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.29% lost 5 points to 2,272, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.03% rose 4 points to 5,529, a gain of about 0.1%.

Analysts at Barclays PLC initiated coverage on Coca-Cola Company (The) (NYSE: KO) stock, rating the company at Equal Weight. With a rating of Equal Weight on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $47.13. The one-year price target of $45.54 is higher than the opening price of $41.23, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Price changes targets are not uncommon as analysts and brokerage firms will re periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Shares of Coca-Cola Company (The) (NYSE: KO) opened at $41.23 yesterday and traded in a range between, $41.21 and $41.58, and last traded at $41.37, a drop of $0.37 over the previous closing price.

Coca-Cola Company (The) (NYSE: KO) currently has a market cap of 178.43B.

Coca-Cola Company (The) (NYSE: KO) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 13,730,000 shares out of a total float 3,883,604,000 and some 2,503,179 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 6 percent below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Coca-Cola Company (The) (NYSE: KO) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Coca-Cola Company (The) (NYSE: KO) have ranged from $39.88 – 47.1300, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $41.36 and 200-day MA of $42.81. Today’s last price is 12.22%% under the 52 week high of $47.13.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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