New Trade for July 18th, 2023

Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors on Wall Street. The Berkshire Hathaway CEO is known for a long track record of market-beating returns, evident in the exemplary gains in Berkshire’s Class A shares since 1965. Over the past 57 years, the widely followed Berkshire Hathaway portfolio has generated returns of over 3.64 million percent. In other words, if you had invested $100 in Berkshire in 1965, that investment would be worth more than $3.64 million today. That works out to be an increase of around 20% compound annually, more than twice that of the S&P 500 over the same period. That stellar performance is why investors may want to take a page out of Buffett’s playbook and consider striking up a position in some Berkshire-held potential long-term winners. 

Today we’re sounding the alarm on one of Buffett’s most significant holdings, and it’s currently offering an opportunistic dip…

Coca-Cola Co (KO) 

Coca-Cola, Berkshire Hathaway’s fourth-largest holding, is gradually entering the alcoholic beverage market. Recently, KO acquired Finlandia vodka from Brown-Forman, expanding into the premium spirits segment. The purchase was made through Coca-Cola HBC, where KO owns a 23% stake. KO has also introduced ready-to-drink cans of Jack Daniels mixed with the classic Coke recipe in the United Kingdom, boosting sales in the region. KO has also launched alcoholic products in Japan and the U.S. through partnerships with Molson Coors and Constellation Brands. KO shows a strong balance sheet. 

KO is currently down year-to-date by 4.67%, putting it on a bit of an opportunistic dip. With a safe 0.55 beta, KO has a free cash flow of $9.13 billion. At its most recent earnings report, KO exceeded analysts’ projections on EPS and revenue by 5.40% and 1.62%, respectively, and shows year-over-year growth in key areas: revenue (+4.66%), net income (+11.72%), EPS (+12.5%), and net profit margin (+6.75%). KO has a 3.04% annual dividend yield, a quarterly payout of 46 cents ($1.84/year) per share, and a nice 78.41% payout ratio. With a 10-day average volume of 14.79 million shares, KO has a median price target of $70,

with a high of $75 and a low of $63, representing a potential price leap of almost 24% from its current position. KO has 19 buy ratings and seven hold ratings

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