KO - The Coca-Cola Company

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
51.71
-0.13 (-0.25%)
At close: 4:00PM EST

51.71 0.00 (0.00%)
Pre-Market: 8:15AM EST

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Previous Close51.84
Open51.91
Bid51.68 x 2200
Ask52.13 x 3000
Day's Range51.58 - 51.91
52 Week Range44.42 - 55.92
Volume11,678,291
Avg. Volume11,028,736
Market Cap218.007B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.45
PE Ratio (TTM)28.55
EPS (TTM)1.81
Earnings DateFeb. 12, 2020 - Feb. 17, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield1.60 (3.09%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-11-29
1y Target Est58.71
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