Coca-Cola Stock Outlook: Correction Followed By Rewards

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The Coca-Cola Company


Coca-Cola stock (NYSE: KO) increased almost 10% in the last 3 months and currently trades at $49 per share. The rise was driven by expectations of improved consumer spending and demand as lockdowns are gradually being lifted. But will the company’s stock continue its upward trajectory over the coming weeks, or is a correction in the stock more likely?

According to the Trefis Machine Learning Engine, which identifies trends in a company’s stock price data for the last 20 years, returns for Coca-Cola stock average -1% in the next three-month (63 trading days) period after experiencing a 10% rise over the previous three-month (63 trading days) period. Notably, though, the stock is likely to underperform the S&P500 over the next three months (63 trading days), with an expected excess return of –1% compared to the S&P500.

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But how would these numbers change if you are interested in holding Coca-Cola stock for a shorter or a longer time period? You can test the answer and many other combinations on the Trefis Machine Learning to test Coca-Cola stock chances of a rise after a fall and vice-versa. You can test the chance of recovery over different time intervals of a quarter, month, or even just 1 day!

MACHINE LEARNING ENGINE – try it yourself:

IF Coca-Cola stock moved by -5% over 5 trading days, THEN over the next 21 trading days, Coca-Cola stock moves an average of 2.2 percent, which implies an excess return of 0.3 percent compared to the S&P500.

More importantly, there is 63.1% probability of a positive return over the next 21 trading days and 48.5% probability of a positive excess return after a -5% change over 5 trading days.

Some Fun Scenarios, FAQs & Making Sense of The Coca-Cola Company Stock Movements:

Question 1: Is the average return for The Coca-Cola Company stock higher after a drop?


Consider two situations,

Case 1: The Coca-Cola Company stock drops by -5% or more in a week

Case 2: The Coca-Cola Company stock rises by 5% or more in a week

Is the average return for The Coca-Cola Company stock higher over the subsequent month after Case 1 or Case 2?

KO stock fares better after Case 1, with an average return of 2.6% over the next month (21 trading days) under Case 1 (where the stock has just suffered a 5% loss over the previous week), versus, an average return of -0.6% for Case 2.

In comparison, the S&P 500 has an average return of 3.1% over the next 21 trading days under Case 1, and an average return of just 0.5% for Case 2 as shown in our dashboard that details the average return for the S&P 500 after a fall or rise.

Try the Trefis machine learning engine above to see for yourself how The Coca-Cola Company stock is likely to behave after any specific gain or loss over a period.

Question 2: Does patience pay?


If you buy and hold The Coca-Cola Company stock, the expectation is over time the near term fluctuations will cancel out, and the long-term positive trend will favor you – at least if the company is otherwise strong.

Overall, according to data and Trefis machine learning engine’s calculations, patience absolutely pays for most stocks!

For KO stock, the returns over the next N days after a -5% change over the last 5 trading days is detailed in the table below, along with the returns for the S&P500:

Question 3: What about the average return after a rise if you wait for a while?


The average return after a rise is understandably lower than a fall as detailed in the previous question. Interestingly, though, if a stock has gained over the last few days, you would do better to avoid short-term bets for most stocks.

KO’s returns over the next N days after a 5% change over the last 5 trading days is detailed in the table below, along with the returns for the S&P500:

It’s pretty powerful to test the trend for yourself for The Coca-Cola Company stock by changing the inputs in the charts above.

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