Will This Allegation Against Coca-Cola Scare Away These Top Institutional Shareholders?

The government of a remote province located in Western China has stated that it is investigating Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) regarding allegations that it illegally mapped parts of the province, as the tension in the word war between China and the US about cyber espionage rises, The Financial Times reports. According to the Yunnan Geographical Information Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, the US drinks company was “illegally collecting classified information with handheld GPS equipment,” a Yunnan government website reports. Coca-Cola stated that it “co-operated fully” with the inquiry, and it adds that local bottling plants use “e-map and location-based customer logistics systems that are commercially available in China” as a means to improve customer service and fuel efficiency.

These institutional firms indicated owning shares of The Coca-Cola Company in Q4 2012. They reported owning a total of 2.808 billion shares on 12/31/2012. The shares closed at $36.25 on 12/31/2012.

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Here are the ten largest positions in Coca-Cola at the end of December 31st, 2012.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc held 400,000,000 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $14,500,000,000. This brought the portfolio total to 19.25 percent.

Vanguard Group Inc held 198,616,069 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $7,199,832,501. This brought the portfolio total to 0.9 percent.

State Street Corp held 172,025,763 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $6,235,933,909. This brought the portfolio total to 0.9 percent.

FMR LLC held 163,440,656 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $5,924,723,780. This brought the portfolio total to 1.07 percent.

Blackrock Institutional Trust Company N.A. held 102,748,486 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $3,724,632,618. This brought the portfolio total to 0.87 percent.

Northern Trust Corp held 76,608,964 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $2,777,074,945. This brought the portfolio total to 1.14 percent.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp held 57,228,169 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $2,074,521,126. This brought the portfolio total to 0.73 percent.

JPMorgan Chase & Co held 47,044,527 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $1,705,364,104. This brought the portfolio total to 0.59 percent.

Capital World Investors held 41,153,400 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $1,491,810,750. This brought the portfolio total to 0.55 percent.

Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC held 38,761,718 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $1,405,112,278. This brought the portfolio total to 4.18 percent.

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