After Today’s Bearish Options Activity, Is The Coca-Cola Co’s Near-Term Analysis Positive?

In today’s session The Coca-Cola Co (KO) recorded an unusually high (528) contracts volume of put trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the January, 2017 put, expecting serious KO decrease. With 528 contracts traded and 227774 open interest for the Jan, 17 contract, it seems this is a quite bearish bet. The option with symbol: KO170120P00035000 closed last at: $0.46 or 4.5% up. The stock is down 0.42% or $0.19 after the news, hitting $45.39 per share. About 5,814 shares traded hands. The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) has risen 10.95% since August 13, 2015 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 12.57% the S&P500.

Analysts await The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) to reports earnings on April, 27. They expect $0.44 earnings per share, down 8.33% or $0.04 from last year’s $0.48 per share. KO’s profit will be $1.90B for 25.80 P/E if the $0.44 EPS becomes reality. After $0.38 actual earnings per share reported by The Coca-Cola Co for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 15.79% EPS growth.

Out of 22 analysts covering Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), 0 rate it “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 0 “Hold”. This means NaN are positive. Coca-Cola was the topic in 14 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc.

The institutional sentiment increased to 0.93 in 2015 Q3. Its up 0.10, from 0.83 in 2015Q2. The ratio increased, as 73 funds sold all The Coca-Cola Co shares owned while 629 reduced positions. 71 funds bought stakes while 585 increased positions. They now own 2.71 billion shares or 2.50% more from 2.65 billion shares in 2015Q2.

Allen Holding Inc Ny holds 55.44% of its portfolio in The Coca-Cola Co for 6.00 million shares. Cook & Bynum Capital Management Llc owns 915,200 shares or 26.19% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Capital City Trust Co Fl has 15.76% invested in the company for 932,503 shares. The Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc has invested 12.6% in the stock. Troy Asset Management Ltd, a United Kingdom-based fund reported 5.04 million shares.

Since March 3, 2015, the stock had 1 buying transaction, and 4 insider sales for $12.02 million net activity. Cummings Alexander B Jr sold 166,630 shares worth $7.13M. Bozer Ahmet C sold 75,660 shares worth $3.18M. Gayle Helene D bought 2,000 shares worth $81,074. Eberly Ceree sold 12,400 shares worth $495,380. The insider Douglas J Alexander Jr sold 32,767 shares worth $1.30M.

The Coca-Cola Company is a beverage company. The company has a market cap of $195.75 billion. The Firm owns or licenses and markets more than 500 nonalcoholic beverage brands, primarily sparkling beverages but also a range of still beverages, such as waters, enhanced waters, juices and juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffees, and energy and sports drinks. It has 27.21 P/E ratio. It owns and markets a range of nonalcoholic sparkling beverage brands, such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite.

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