KO - The Coca-Cola Company

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
48.60
-0.25 (-0.51%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close48.85
Open49.00
Bid48.50 x 3100
Ask48.64 x 1400
Day's Range48.44 - 49.03
52 Week Range41.93 - 50.84
Volume9,859,303
Avg. Volume14,439,717
Market Cap207.333B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.30
PE Ratio (TTM)30.90
EPS (TTM)1.57
Earnings DateJul 23, 2019 - Jul 29, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.60 (3.26%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-06-13
1y Target Est51.95
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