Coca-Cola Company ( KO ) will begin trading ex-dividend on March 13, 2013. A cash dividend payment of $0.28 per share is scheduled to be paid on April 01, 2013. Shareholders who purchased KO stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 9.8% increase over the prior quarter.
The previous trading day's last sale of KO was $39.22, representing a -3.55% decrease from the 52 week high of $40.67 and a 13.17% increase over the 52 week low of $34.66.
KO is a part of the Consumer Non-Durables sector, which includes companies such as Fomento Economico Mexicano S.A.B. de C.V. ( FMX ) and Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA ( BUD ). KO's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $1.96. Zacks Investment Research reports KO's forecasted earnings growth in 2013 as 6.66%, compared to an industry average of 9.5%.
For more information on the declaration, record and payment dates, visit the KO Dividend History page.
Interested in gaining exposure to KO through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have KO as a top-10 holding:
- Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF ( VDC )
- iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Goods Index Fund ( IYK )
- PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage ( PBJ )
- PowerShares Fundamental Pure Large Growth Portfolio ( PXLG )
- Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Staples ( XLP ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is IYK with an increase of 11.9% over the last 100 days. VDC has the highest percent weighting of KO at 9.3%.
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