Top Buys by Top Brass: CEO Kent's $398.1K Bet on KO

Image A company’s own top management tend to have the best inside view into the business, so when company officers make major buys, investors are wise to take notice. Presumably the only reason an insider would take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock of their company in the open market, is that they expect to make money — maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both. So in this series we look at the largest insider buys by the ”top brass” over the trailing six month period, one of which was a total of $398.1K by Ahmet Muhtar Kent, CEO at Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO).

Kent’s average cost works out to $37.91/share. In trading on Wednesday, bargain hunters could buy shares of Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) and achieve a cost basis lower than Kent, with shares changing hands as low as $37.72 per share. Shares of Coca-Cola Co were changing hands at $37.84 at last check, trading up about 0.2% on Wednesday. The chart below shows the one year performance of KO shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Looking at the chart above, KO’s low point in its 52 week range is $36.83 per share, with $43.43 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $37.84.

The current annualized dividend paid by Coca-Cola Co is $1.22/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend has an upcoming ex-date of 03/12/2014. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for KO, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 3.2% annualized yield is likely to continue.

According to the ETF Finder at ETFChannel.com, KO makes up 9.08% of the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund ETF (AMEX: XLP) which is trading up by about 0.1% on the day Wednesday.
(DividendChannel.com, Contributor)

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