PepsiCo is gaining ground after its earnings beat

  • PepsiCo is gaining ground Tuesday after it beat on both the top and bottom lines. 
  • Solid Frito-Lay sales helped offset a decline in its North America beverage sales.
  • North America beverages could be key moving forward. 
  • Watch PepsiCo trade in real time here. 

PepsiCo shares are up 3% Tuesday morning after the company reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings. 

The beverage and snack maker posted core earnings of $1.61 per share, topping the Wall Street consensus of $1.52. Revenue came in at $16.09 billion, edging out the $16.04 billion that was anticipated. 

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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: Bottle of Gatorade are displayed on a shelf in an Associated Supermarket in New York Thursday, September 29, 2005. PepsiCo Inc., the world's No. 2 soft-drink maker, reported the biggest quarterly sales gain in 3 1/2 years as hot weather spurred demand for Gatorade sports drinks and Aquafina waters in the U.S. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 08: A bag of Fritos is displayed along with Fritos corn chips in New York Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007. PepsiCo Inc., the world's second-largest soft-drink maker, said fourth-quarter profit rose on a tax gain and overseas sales of Frito-Lay snacks. North American beverage volume had the smallest increase in six quarters. (Photo by Alicia Hansen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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PepsiCo sales grew of 2.6% year-over-year despite a 1% drop in its North America beverage unit. Its Frito-Lay unit posted a 4% YoY sales growth, easily beating Wall Street's estimates of up 2.8%. 

PepsiCo reiterated its full-year 2018 earnings-per-share guidance of $5.70, saying it remains "consistent with its previous guidance for 2018." 

"We think a turnaround at North America will be central to the bull case for the stock," Jefferies analyst Kevin Grundy wrote in a note out to clients.

Grundy has a $103 price target on PepsiCo, roughly 6% below its current level. 

PepsiCo shares are down 6.33% this year. 

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