Ticker: KO
Market Cap: $113.5 billion
P/E Ratio: 16
Earnings Growth: 9%
Dividend Yield: 3.4%

While Coke's profits hinge on several variables, including commodity costs and currency, its overarching story -- international expansion -- makes it a stable option. "Eighty percent of their earnings now come from beverages sold outside of the U.S.," says Gentry Lee, an analyst at Fayez Sarofim & Co. "As per capita consumption increases around the world, Coke will benefit."

One lingering question is whether the company should follow Pepsi's tack and attempt to acquire its bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises. Coke's formerly contentious relationship with its bottler has improved, but the jury is still out on whether or not it should take the purchasing plunge. "There are plusses and minuses to merging," says Lee. "Coke has a different relationship with its bottler, so the rationale isn't the same."


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Criteria include long-term earnings growth of 7% or more, dividend yield greater than the S&P's 3.1%, and P/E ratios below 27. All data related to stock price as of June 1, 2009. P/E ratios based on the previous 12 months' reported earnings. Earnings growth based on Wall Street estimates for the next three to five years.
Last updated November 04 2011: 11:59 AM ET