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[$$] Why Coke, PepsiCo, and P&G Look Like Bargains

Procter & Gamble (PG), for one, has boosted its payout for 62 straight years. Beverage firms, he says, have “superior pricing power” that’s “driven by greater channel diversity, less fragmented categories from a competitive standpoint, and lower private-label penetration.” And, he contends, “Large retailers are less likely to push beverage companies around as much.” Still, investors certainly have pushed Coca-Cola (KO) and PepsiCo (PEP) around, pummeling their stocks by 8% and 18% this year, respectively. PepsiCo is expected to increase earnings next year in the high-single-digit range, to $6.11, from an estimated $5.70 this year.