5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Coca-Cola

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, soft-drink behemoth Coca-Cola (NYS: KO) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Coca-Cola's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Coca-Cola facts

Headquarters (founded)Atlanta (1886)
Market Cap$178.4 billion
IndustrySoft drinks
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$47.5 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Muhtar Kent
CFO Gary Fayard
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)32.4%
Cash/Debt$17.0 billion / $32.5 billion
Dividend Yield2.5%
CompetitorsDr Pepper Snapple Group
PepsiCo

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 6,550 members who have rated Coca-Cola believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this week, one of those bulls, codespeed, tapped the stock as a particularly solid income opportunity:

[Coca-Cola] could see a sales growth of about 5% for the next two years. Applying the current P/E to the 2013 EPS estimate, [Coca-Cola] has good potential to climb to as high as $85 [not including the stock split] in the next 12 months, and is a good low volatility play in this challenging economic environment considering its stable and solid dividend that it offers. ... [Coca-Cola's] dividend yield is about 2.7% and the company has consistently increased both its earnings and dividends. In fact, 2012 marked Coca-Cola's 50th consecutive year of annual dividend increases.

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The article 5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Coca-Cola originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributorBrian Pacamparaowns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, as well as creating a diagonal call position in PepsiCo. 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 Fool'sdisclosure policyalways gets a perfect score.

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