The 4 Best Dow Performers This Week

4) The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO)

Coca-Cola has been a favorite pick among dividend hunters for a long time. The company behind the world’s most-popular soda and most-valuable brand favors its investors with a 2.60 percent dividend yield, and the stock is about as stable as they come with a beta of 0.36, meaning it is far less volatile than the market at large.

Coca-Cola is due to release its earnings on Tuesday before the markets open, and the company is expected to post another respectable quarter of growth. Analysts are looking for non-GAAP earnings of $0.44 per share on revenue of $11.54 billion.

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012*
Revenue ($) in millions 11,040 11,140 13,080 12,340 11.54
Diluted EPS ($) 0.355 0.445 0.605 0.50 0.44

*non-GAAP estimates

Signs of weakness in the overall soft-drink market in North America have had some analysts downwardly revising their estimates, this shift in consumption is not catching Coca-Cola off guard. Shares increased 3.14 percent for the week in anticipation of the earnings.

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Coca-Cola Company (The) Common Stock Chart - KO Interactive Chart - Yahoo! Finance

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