Will a Recent Earnings Release Boost Coca-Cola?
T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement
Coca-Cola is a beverage company that engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. Its sparkling beverages include carbonated energy drinks, carbonated waters, and flavored waters. The company’s still beverages comprise nonalcoholic beverages like non-carbonated waters, flavored and enhanced waters, non-carbonated energy drinks, juices and juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffees, and sports drinks. Coca-Cola Co. sells its products under the Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Light, Coca-Cola Zero, Sprite, Fanta, Minute Maid, Powerade, Aquarius, Dasani, Glacéau Vitaminwater, Georgia, Simply, Del Valle, Ayataka, and I Lohas brand names.
Coca-Cola recently reported third-quarter and year-to-date 2013 results, with continued global value share gains in total nonalcoholic ready-to-drink beverages. Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Co., said in the earnings release: “We delivered sound third quarter results in the confines of an ongoing challenged macroeconomic environment driven by increasing volatility across emerging markets. Our global volume grew 2% in the quarter and we continued to grow worldwide value share in total nonalcoholic ready to-drink beverages due to the strength of our portfolio, the diversity of our global footprint and an ongoing concerted focus on marketplace execution. While we saw sequential improvement in the business compared to the second quarter, together with our global bottling partners, we remain constructively discontent and resolutely focused on further advancing our growth trajectory.
T = Technicals on the Stock Chart Are Mixed
Coca-Cola stock has made positive progress over the past several years. However, the stock has been pulling back for most of this year as it digests gains from a recent run. Analyzing the price trend and its strength can be done using key simple moving averages. What are the key moving averages? The 50-day (pink), 100-day (blue), and 200-day (yellow) simple moving averages. As seen in the daily price chart below, Coca Cola is trading below its key averages which signal neutral price action in the near-term.