Coca Cola (KO)

Learn everything you need to know about Coca Cola and find links to beginner-friendly guides that show you the best way to invest in it.
Updated: Nov 23, 2022

About Coca Cola

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What is Coca Cola?

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Coca-Cola is one of the largest beverage companies in the world. Capitalising on multiple parts of the process, the business manufactures a variety of drinks and operates units that market, bottle, and sell them.

Founded in 1892, Coca-Cola’s soft drink was developed by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton and contained cocaine from coca leaves and caffeine from kola nuts, which is where its name came from. In 1989 the formula for the famous beverage was sold for $2,300 to businessman Asa Griggs Candler, who incorporated the Coca-Cola company in Atlanta.

These days Coca-Cola is sold in more than 200 countries globally. Even in countries where it’s not manufactured, it’s usually imported by local businesses. Through multiple acquisitions, the company has many leading beverage brands under its ownership, including Sprite and Fanta.

How does Coca Cola make money?

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Coca-Cola makes its money by selling syrups and concentrates to bottling companies globally and selling its beverage range to retailers and distributors. Most of its money comes from two segments: concentrates and finished products.

Concentrates are the syrups it sells to its partner network of global bottling companies. These companies buy syrup, add water and carbonation, to manufacture finished Coca-Cola products. This is why a can of coke tastes slightly different depending on where you are in the world.

Coca-Cola also owns its own bottling plants where it manufactures beverages. These finished products are sold directly to consumers, distributors, and wholesalers, who then sell them to retailers.

What is Coca Cola’s best selling product?

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The Coca-Cola soft drink is still the company’s best selling product. Not only is it the company’s best seller, it’s also the best selling soft drink in the world. In 2021 alone, 431,747 hectoliters of Coca-Cola were sold. Its second best seller is Diet Coke, which sold 331,213 hectoliters in 2021.

Who are the key executives at Coca Cola?

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James Quincey joined Coca-Cola in 1996 and became its CEO two decades later in 2016. Here is a selection of other key executives at Coca-Cola.

  • James Quincey Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer
  • Brian Smith President and chief operating officer
  • Manuel Arroyo Chief marketing officer
  • Alfredo Rivera President, North America Operating Unit
  • Lisa Chang Chief people officer
  • Marcelo Boffi President, Bottling Investments Group
  • Monica Howard Douglas General counsel
  • Nancy Quan Chief technical officer
  • Barry Simpson Chief information officer
  • Beatriz Perez Chief of communications, sustainability & strategic partnerships
  • John Murphy Chief financial officer
  • Giles Leclerc President, The McDonald’s Division

Where can I buy shares in Coca Cola?

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You can buy Coca Cola stock on a stock trading platform. These platforms are extremely simple to use but there are different options to suit your specific needs. If you are a first-time investor you might want to use a trading platform for beginners, while if you plan on doing a lot of trading from your phone, a stock trading app might be best.

Are there any other ways to invest in Coca Cola?

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The simplest way to invest in Coca Cola is to buy shares through a stock broker. However, you can also invest through an ETF or a fund. The best ETFs allow you to invest in the stock market more generally rather than focus on one company.

Coca Cola is part of the NYSE index, so you can invest in an ETF that tracks that index, or choose a dividend ETF that lets you own a basket of related stocks from the same industry.

More about the KO price

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What is the Coca Cola stock price today?

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The KO stock price today is currently $62.35, as of November 2022. The price of Coca Cola is up 6.75% in 2022. You can use the live Coca Cola stock chart to track the NYSE: KO price in real time above, or compare the Coca Cola value today to its past performance using the Coca Cola financials tab at the top of this page.

What is the 52-week low for Coca Cola stock?

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The 52-week low for Coca Cola stock is $52.28. KO stock is currently 15.47% above the 52-week low.

What is the 52-week high for Coca Cola stock?

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The 52-week high for Coca Cola stock is $67.20. KO stock is currently 7.27% below the 52-week high.

What is the stock forecast for Coca Cola?

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The average Coca Cola stock forecast has a price target of $66 by the end of 2022. Coca Cola’s latest financial results, the broader economic outlook, and the amount of competition in the industry all influence these forecasts.

It’s best to take analyst forecasts with a grain of salt but you can use their estimates to help you understand the weight of opinion about a stock.

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