Bad News for Buffett's Favorite Dow Stock

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Investors might not realize it, but Warren Buffett has made a killing buying tried-and-true Dow blue chips over the years. One of the companies he's been most bullish on since the early 1990s is Coca-Cola. Buffet believes the brand, bottling, distribution, and the global reach of the company provide a sustainable competitive advantage. He also adores Coke's signature product, and consumes several sodas on a daily basis. 

For Buffett and Coke, however, some troubling news broke this week when the city of New York announced a proposed ban that would virtually eliminate popular sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces from deli menus, fast-food franchises, and even sports arenas. This regulation takes the soda tax concept and raises the bar another level, at a time when Americans are consuming less soda every year. If passed (which looks likely at this point), the ban could cause a ripple through the soda industry. Can Coke grow if its core products lose their fizz?


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At the time this article was published Cat Baab-Muguira has no positions in the stocks mentioned above.Isaac Pinohas no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of International Business Machines, JPMorgan Chase, and Coca-Cola.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendCoca-Cola. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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