|Bid||51.22 x 3100|
|Ask||51.39 x 1300|
|Day's Range||51.37 - 52.15|
|52 Week Range||44.25 - 52.47|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.30|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||32.67|
|Earnings Date||Jul 23, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.60 (3.08%)|
|1y Target Est||52.55|
Coca-Cola (KO) will likely report its second-quarter results on July 23. The company reported strong first-quarter results in April.
This week, the Bethesda-based beverage maker went live with a new marketing effort, complete with interactive vending machines.
Ford Motor Company (F) is in the middle of a very strong year, with its stock price up 35.1% YTD. This year has helped Ford recover from a very disappointing 2018, yet it has only regained about half of its losses so far.
Coca-Cola Company (KO) stock was down 0.53% in trading Thursday. The stock currently sits less than a percent below its 52-week high.
The Coca-Cola Company Board of Directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 40 cents per common share. The dividend is payable Oct. 1, 2019, to shareowners of record of the company as of the close of business on Sept.
Netflix Inc.’s earnings were received about as well as New Coke’s debut Wednesday, but a show that features Coca-Cola Co.’s failed reboot could show a path to a rebound.
It doesn't get much more American than Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) company. And if you've owned the Coca Cola stock since the 1990's then you're up 1200%. But perception is that KO stock is a boring stock to own -- but clearly the scoreboard proves otherwise.Source: Shutterstock KO is at all-time highs going into its earnings report next week. So is it a time to get long or book some profits into the event?The answer is not straight forward. It depends mostly on the investor time frame. But today we will try to devise a plan.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Coca Cola Stock Price and Levels to WatchThe daily KO stock chart is a steep rising wedge. Those are vulnerable to dips. Because if the ascending trend line of higher lows fails, it carries negative momentum. But when the reason for the rising is fundamental, this technical breakdown of the trend is temporary. In other words, those dips that are opportunities to buy.So for the long-term investor, Coca Cola stock price at these level is not a reason to panic out of it just because an earnings event is coming. But for those looking for new entries into KO there may be better entry points. It may be best to wait out your earnings because the short-term reactions to earnings headlines are usually binary. * 4 Retail Stocks to Buy in Time for the Back-to-School Rush Even if KO management gives us the profit and loss statement ahead of time, we can't guess which way price will move at the open. What drives KO stock price then will be expectations -- not necessarily the quality of the report.So if Coca Cola stock falls on the headline next, then I would buy the dip.Charts have memory so there is a clear pivotal level in KO stock between $50 and $51 per share. This is prior resistance that now should become forward support. So it would take the management team delivering a disastrous quarter for Wall Street to sell it much lower than $49 per share. But this does happen. In fact it did happen two earnings ago when the stock fell 10% on the February earnings headline.Back then, that was an excellent entry point. But I'm sure that in the throws of it, investors panicked out of Coca Cola stock. That's why we're looking at the chart ahead of time to spot those areas for this report.So to be clear, if I own KO for the long term I should stay the course. But if I'm looking for a new entry point, I wait out the earnings results and hope for a dip.If the stock falls 5% to 10% again then it is a blind opportunity to buy. The last 10% dip resulted in a 20% rally.Stocks that are at all-time highs are not obvious buys just because of gravity. The fundamentals do not change much for Coca-Cola. This proven team that manages a cash cow. They know how to operate and compete against the best. I don't expect a 10% dip this time around. Those are usually reserved for momentum stocks like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) or Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) not Coca-Cola or Pepsi (NASDAQ:PEP). The risk this time is at worst 5%. The Bottom Line on KO StockKO stock is not cheap. It sells at a 32 trailing P/E ratio and 6 times sales. This is twice as expensive Pepsi. They both offer a comparable 3% dividend yield.In summary, although the long-term reward for owning Coca-Cola stock is huge, going into earnings next week and at all-time-highs is not an obvious point of entry. However if we're lucky and Wall Street panics on the headline then we would pounce. After all, the S&P 500 is also at its all-time highs, so any which way we slice it, onus is on the bulls to maintain this incredible rising wedge going.If I absolutely cannot wait to be long KO stock then I can sell the January $48 put and collect $1 for it. Then all I would need to profit is for KO to stay above it. Else I own the shares at $48 and breakeven at $47 per share. * 8 Penny Stocks That Have Fallen From Grace Investing is risky business so I only risk what I can lose.Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of SellSpreads.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Join his live chat room free here. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post Heading Into Earnings, Coca Cola Stock Is a Buy on the Next 5% Dip appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Coke (KO) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.
Coca-Cola's (KO) strategy of introducing new products with focus on expanding successful brands globally is aiding its performance. However, adverse currency may mar second-quarter 2019 results.
Evidence of the stock's uptrend is presented by Coca-Cola's 50- and 200-day moving averages, which are both pointing higher.
(Bloomberg) -- Amazon’s Prime Day gives shoppers an opportunity to flex their deal-spotting muscles ahead of Black Friday. It also gives package thieves their own chance to warm up.Although the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas see far more parcel deliveries—and therefore, more brazen from-the-stoop thefts, Prime Day’s limited 48-hour window creates a concentrated opening for “porch pirates” to make their move, said Brody Buhler, managing director of Accenture’s post and parcel industry group.It’s hard to pin down exactly how many cardboard boxes are pilfered from plain sight around the invented summer buying spree, since customers can report thefts to one of three sources—the local police department, the retailer or the mail carrier—and those reports aren’t tallied centrally. But according to research from video-doorbell company Ring, 19% of U.S. households had a package stolen at some point in 2017 with an average value of $140 per package. Nextdoor, a social-networking app for neighborhoods, says user comments about package theft spiked 85% between July 18 and 20 last year, the main delivery period for Prime Day packages.“Criminals know about Prime Day—everyone has access to the internet these days,” said James Crecco, a police captain in Jersey City, New Jersey.The police department in Jersey City partnered with Amazon in December to run a sting operation and track down package thieves after hearing from a swelling number of victims of porch piracy. Within just seven minutes of placing the first package, officers made an arrest and ultimately caught 23 robbers over an 11-day period. The department has been thinking about implementing a similar plan in the days following Prime Day, though Crecco said it was waiting to see if Amazon would partner again before renewing the program.Of course, on-the-porch delivery isn’t a new phenomenon in the U.S., with Montgomery Ward launching its dry goods mail-order business while Ulysses S. Grant was president and Sears, Roebuck and Co.’s iconic catalog serving as America’s consumer bible for a century. But the proliferation of e-commerce brought delivery of goods—and chances to pilfer them—to a whole new level. E-commerce accounted for more than 10% of all retail and food service sales in the first quarter, up from about 3% in 1999, according to the Commerce Department. Orders come in all year long, especially as grocery delivery expands, but they’re concentrated around big shopping events. During last year’s Prime Day, members bought more than 100 million products. Amazon has expanded this year’s extravaganza to 48 hours from 36 last year, with Coresight Research forecasting Amazon raking in $5.8 billion globally in sales, up from an estimated $3.9 billion in 2018.“Criminals know about Prime Day—everyone has access to the internet these days.”And that’s just the orders placed on Amazon itself. With rivals from Target Corp. to one-time mail-order king Sears itself leaning into the event, logistics providers will be extra busy in the coming days.The growth of porch piracy has led a number of states, including California, South Carolina, Michigan and New Jersey, to propose bills for stricter penalties for package thieves. In Texas, the problem became so prevalent that state representatives formed a mail theft task force in 2017 and have since passed legislation that makes certain degrees of package theft a felony. Related: Amazon Workers Plan Prime Day Strike at Minnesota WarehouseWhen packages do go missing, most major mail carriers agree to be liable for about $100, leaving the retailer to refund the remaining dollar amount or send a new item. Accenture finds that 70% of consumers won’t return to an online store after a bad delivery experience, which has retailers putting more pressure on logistics companies to give customers what they want, including tracking and delivery flexibility to ensure their wares arrive unscathed.When online shopping first became popular, the “focus was on price, then it became on free shipping, then fast shipping and now consumer-controlled shipping that can be altered until 10 minutes before the package arrives,” Accenture’s Buhler said. The demand for control over delivery comes from concerns about theft combined with increased demand for convenience, he said.Theft's a pervasive problem, and retailers have tried a variety of deterrents but are still looking for the perfect solution. For instance, to attract grocery customers, Walmart Inc. is experimenting with staffers, sporting wearable cameras, arriving in company-owned cars to unpack food in customers’ kitchens. Others are trying to leave deliveries in shoppers’ garages or the trunks of their cars. But with each new test, questions linger about privacy and efficiency, plus one-off issues like escaping pets or malfunctioning apps that deny the employee entry.Amazon itself offers Amazon Lockers, keyless entry and click-and-collect “counters” to give buyers more ways to control how they receive their orders. Amazon Logistics also gives Prime members the opportunity to track the arrival of their packages in real time and to receive a photo of where the box was dropped, the company said. A spokeswoman declined to comment further or share company data on thefts. Rising fear about package theft has helped usher in a new industry altogether: porch security. Brad Ruffkess, a former Coca-Cola Co. employee, installed security cameras at his Atlanta home and watched two boxes get stolen off of his doorstep within weeks of each other in 2017. Frustrated by the limited protection options available, Ruffkess founded BoxLock Inc., a WiFi-connected lock that lets delivery drivers place packages in secure parcel boxes outside users’ homes.BoxLock launched on Prime Day last year and sold out within hours of being posted to the Amazon website, he said. Other innovations that seek to keep porch pirates from their loot include secure parcel mailboxes, in-home package drops, Nest and Ring cameras, and alternative delivery locations through programs like UPS My Choice.“There’s still a lot more innovation to come in package security as e-commerce continues to grow,” Buhler said. “When it gets up to 20% of total shopping and there are so many more packages on people’s doorsteps, we’ll see even more innovation in protecting deliveries.”Back in Jersey City, a booming waterfront metropolis just over the Hudson River from Manhattan, package theft is evenly distributed among high and lower-income neighborhoods, Captain Crecco said, calling it one of the “rare crimes that crosses every economic demographic.” The trick to stopping it is making sure it’s not so simple to pull off for minor criminals looking for a low-effort pull. “It’s easy and criminals aren’t looking for a lot of work,” he said.To contact the author of this story: Olivia Rockeman in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Anne Riley Moffat at email@example.com, Lisa WolfsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
What a stellar year 2019 has been so far for the owners of Twilio (NYSE:TWLO) stock! We are increasingly living in an interconnected world in which companies need to digitally communicate with their clients non-stop. A leader in the communication platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) sector, TWLO has benefited from that trend, enabling Twilio stock to surge 63% in 2019.Source: Shutterstock TWLO is expected to report its Q2 earnings on Aug. 5. Let us now look at what investors can expect in the second half of the year from TWLO stock. How Does Twilio Make Money?TWLO's cloud communications platform helps small, medium and large enterprises improve their apps and their digital interactions with their customers. Several of its well-known clients include Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), Lyft (NASDAQ:LYFT), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), and Yelp (NASDAQ:YELP).InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy As of Mar. 31, the company had 2019154,797 active customer accounts (ACAs), compared to 53,985 a year earlier. In fact, the number of active customers using Twilio's platform to communicate with their clients has increased four-fold in about four years. As TWLO attracts more customers to its platform, its recurring software-as-a-service (SaaS) revenue continues to rise.On Apr. 30, Twilio released its Q1 results. Its revenue increased 81% year-over-year (YoY) in Q1, to $233 million. In Q1, its top line rose 14% versus the fourth quarter of 2018.Part of the reason for the company's Q1 revenue gain was its acquisition of cloud-based email services leader SendGrid, which closed on Feb. 1.The owners of TWLO stock were also pleased by the fact that the company raised its full-year guidance in conjunction with its Q1 results. Management now expects its 2019 revenue to be between $1.102 billion and $1.111 billion, up from $1.065 billion to $1.077 billion. Similarly the company is calling for adjusted earnings per share of 11 cents to 13 cents, up from 8 cents to 11 cents previously.TWLO 's revenue growth should accelerate for the rest of the year. As a result, the leading provider of in-app communication solutions is setting the bar quite high for its next earnings report. What Could Derail TWLO Stock?Twilio is regarded as a high-growth company and as a disruptor in its field. And many analysts agree that its best days are possibly ahead. However, Wall Street is also getting concerned about the rich valuations of Twilio stock.Different analysts may use different metrics to gauge the relative value of companies in different industries. One metric they use is price-sales (PS) ratio. The PS ratio of TWLO stock is over 19.5.Analysts prefer a low PS ratio, ideally below one. However, a PS number between one and two is more common. To put the metric into perspective, the S&P 500 index's average price-sales ratio is 2.1.Another way to analyze a stock's valuation is to compare its valuation to that of other companies in similar industries or segments. In general, SaaS stocks are richly valued. Our readers may be interested to know that the PS ratio for the cloud computing giant Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) is 8.8, while Veeva (NASDAQ:VEEV) and Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY), two other SaaS stocks, have P/S ratios of about 16 and 30, respectively.Although the PS ratio of TWLO stock is very high, investors should also remember that PS is only one of many valuation metrics. Moreover, the metric does not take into account the profitability or costs of Twilio.Twilio is also facing increasing competition on multiple fronts from several enterprise software companies, including Salesforce.com and Bandwidth (NASDAQ:BAND). The digital communications revolution is here to stay, but the space TWLO operates in is fiercely competitive. The History of TWLO StockTwilio went public in June 2016 at an opening price of $23.99. By Sep. 2016, the price of TWLO stock was hovering around $70.However, on May 8. 2017, Twilio stock reached an all-time low of $22.80. After trading in a narrow range in the next six months, in 2018, Twilio stock began its huge rally.Then came the market selloff during the last quarter of 2018. The decline, which hit the tech sector especially hard, was seen as an important signal that investors were no longer willing to be exuberant about expensive technology stocks. On Christmas Eve, TWLO stock reached an intraday low of $73.15Over the past 12 months, TWLO stock price has surged over 140%. On June 20, it reached an all-time high of $151. In other words, Twilio stock has run up quite far, quite fast. And its current price is about 100% above where it was on Dec. 24, 2018.Those investors who follow short-term technical charts will be interested to know that TWLO stock has spent a good portion of 2019 in overbought territory. It is possible that some profit-taking may negatively impact Twilio stock in the near future, possibly prior to its Q2 earnings report.TWLO is a growth stock and a speculative stock. Therefore, in the coming weeks, I expect Twilio to be a battleground between investors and traders. While long-term investors would like to see TWLO stock exceed and stay over the $150 level, traders are likely to keep it between $125 and $145.As long as Twilio remains in a long-term uptrend, investors may continue to buy TWLO stock on dips. However, if prolonged profit-taking sends Twilio stock below $110, the validity of the long-term uptrend would need to be re-evaluated. And in the wake of such a decline, it may be some months before TWLO stock price sets fresh records. The Bottom Line on Twilio StockIn a few weeks, analysts will likely scrutinize Twilio's fundamentals to see if the stock offers any further positive catalysts that may help keep TWLO stock price sizzling in the second half of the year. Any sign that TWLO's growth outlook is not as strong as expected in Q3 or Q4 may be enough to spook Wall Street, sending TWLO stock price lower.Therefore, investors who do not yet have a position in the stock may want to wait until TWLO's earnings report in early August before buying TWLO stock. Doing so will give them a better view of the developments affecting the industry in general and the company in particular.Those investors who already own Twilio stock may consider taking some money off the table or hedging their positions. Such a hedge would limit their downside risk in the event the market drops or if the bullish thesis on TWLO stock ends up being wrong,.As for hedging strategies, covered calls or put spreads with Aug. 16 or Oct. 18 expiration dates could be appropriate, as straight purchases of put options are likely to be expensive due to heightened volatility. Investors who choose this route can reevaluate their long positions after TWLO reports its earnings.Well-performing stocks tend to keep on winning, and the recent strength of Twilio stock might be a good indication that within three or four years, investors who buy TWLO stock on weakness are likely to be rewarded handsomely.As of this writing, the author holds KO covered calls that expire on July 19. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy * 10 Stocks Driving the Market to All-Time Highs (And Why) * 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential The post Are Investors Getting Too Bullish on Twilio Stock? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Editor's Note: This article was previously published in April 2019. It has been updated and republished.I attended a meeting of startup founders who pitched their companies. Interestingly enough, many of them touted artificial intelligence.Source: Shutterstock Yes, this technology has quickly become red hot. After all, the market opportunity is massive. Gartner estimates that spending will grow at an average compound annual rate of 18% to $383.5 billion by 2020.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsYet AI is not easy to develop. There needs to be access to huge amounts of data, so as to find patterns. What's more, AI requires top-notch data scientists. As should be no surprise, this kind of talent is in short supply nowadays.Because of all this, when it comes to finding artificial intelligence stocks, they are usually larger companies. * 10 Best ETFs for 2019: The Race for 1 Intensifies OK then, which names are positioned to benefit? Well, let's take a look at five that stand out: Alphabet (GOOG)Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, refers to the company as "AI first." And this is certainly not hype.Source: Shutterstock AI has become pervasive across the product line, such as with Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Photos, Google Cloud and so on. The company has also developed its own assistant, which connects with more than 5,000 devices in the home.Google has been creating industry standards for AI as well, primarily through its own language called TensorFlow. Just some of the companies that use it include Uber, eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO).Something else: Google is a top player in autonomous vehicles. The company's Waymo unit could be worth as much as $175 billion, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley.Finally, the valuation of GOOG stock is at reasonable levels, with the forward price-to-earnings ratio is 28.62, which is in-line with other mega tech operators like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). This puts it at the top of the heap among artificial intelligence stocks. Nvidia (NVDA)Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) is the pioneer of GPUs (Graphics Processing Units), which are chips that process large amounts of data cost-effectively. The technology was initially focused on the gaming market.Source: Shutterstock But NVDA realized that GPUs were also ideal for AI. To this end, the company has leveraged these systems into areas like datacenters and autonomous vehicles.No doubt, it has been a very good move. Consider that NVDA has been on a strong growth ramp before flattening a bit at the end of its fiscal year. In the latest quarter, revenues dropped by 24% to $2.21 billion year over year, but finished the year up with 21% growth to $11.72 billion. * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 It's true that the valuation of NVDA stock is far from cheap, with the forward price-to-earnings ratio at 24x. But then again, a premium is to be expected for a company that is a leader in a massive industry.For example, earlier this year Evercore ISI analyst C.J. Muse boosted the price target on NVDA stock to $400, which implies 41% upside. In his report, he noted that the company's technology is "becoming the standard AI platform." IBM (IBM)AI is nothing new for IBM (NYSE:IBM). The company has been developing this type of technology for many years. For example, back in 1985, it developed its AI computer called Deep Blue.Source: Atomic Taco via FlickrIt would actually beat chess world champion Garry Kasparov in 1996. Then in 2011, IBM created Watson to take on the best players on the quiz show Jeopardy!. The computer won.Now, IBM has definitely had its troubles. But the investments in AI and other cutting-edge technologies have been making a difference. Note that during the trailing 12 months, IBM's Strategic Imperatives, which include cloud computing, security, analytics, Big Data and mobile, generated $40 billion, more than 50% of total revenues. This has helped improve the growth rate of the overall business.IBM stock also has an attractive dividend, which is at 4.61%. This is one of the highest in the tech industry. Oh, and the valuation is reasonable as well. Consider that the forward price-to-earnings ratio is only 11.85x. Yext (YEXT)Yext (NYSE:YEXT) has been among the most exciting Artificial Intelligence stocks.Source: TechCrunch via FlickrThe reason: the company is a top data provider, with integrations of over 150 services from operators like Google, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Microsoft, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Tencent (OTCMKTS:TCEHY).Yext has also added context and intent to all this, which allows for more accurate real-time searches. * 7 Marijuana Companies: Which Pot Stocks Should You Buy? On the latest earnings call, CEO Howard Lerman noted:"Today, we manage more than 185 million facts about our customers in our platform, providing brand-verified answers in services like Google, Siri, Alexa and WeChat to consumers looking for information verified by the source of truth."Growth has been strong. In the latest quarter, revenues shot up by 33% to $63.8 million. The company has also been getting much traction with enterprise customers. Note that the quarter saw nearly 130 new logos. Baidu (BIDU)When it comes to the search business, Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) remains the king in China. Over the years, the company has transitioned to mobile, which has been critical.Source: Simone.Brunozzi Via FlickrBut BIDU has also invested heavily in becoming one of the serious artificial intelligence stocks. This has helped with personalizing the search experience as well as improving the impact of online ads.But AI has done more than just bolster BIDU's own platform. The company has created several platforms for third parties. One is DuerOS, which has an installed base of 100 million devices and processes over 400 million queries a month. Then there is Apollo. It is an AI system for autonomous vehicles. Recently, BIDU used this with King Long Motors to launch the first fully self-driving L4 minibus.The AI efforts have been paying off, and BIDU has a highly scalable business model. That all is only good news.BIDU stock has taken a hit over the past year, down 32%, but so far this year it's up nearly 5% and looks as if it's set to keep moving. Keep in mind that Chinese stocks have been in the bear phase and that there are concerns about the U.S. trade tensions. But for investors looking for a play on AI in China, BIDU stock does look attractive at these levels.Tom Taulli is the author of High-Profit IPO Strategies, All About Commodities and All About Short Selling. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Companies Apple Should Consider Buying * 7 Beaten-Up Housing Stocks Due for a Bounce Back * Take Buffett's Advice: 5 Vanguard Funds to Buy The post 5 Artificial Intelligence Stocks to Consider appeared first on InvestorPlace.