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|
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.