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Monster shares fell 10 per cent on Thursday after news of the arbitration with Coke.

The twist? Coke owns more than 18 percent of Monster, and distributes its products.

"We have submitted the difference in interpretation to an arbitration panel for resolution, which is the mechanism agreed by the Coca-Cola Company and Monster in the original agreements", a Coke spokesperson said. "There's a lot more flexibility with what we can and can't do with the brand now".

"Focusing on occasions and building on rituals will be key to building Coke [as a brand]", he said at the business's research facility the KO Lab this week.

Coca-Cola is planning to launch its first line of energy drinks - called "Coca-Cola Energy" and "Coca-Cola Energy No Sugar" - positioning the company in competition with its partner Monster Beverage.

"We also think the value proposition is likely to be an impediment, assuming the Coke offerings are line-priced to energy products, particularly in the USA, the world's largest energy drink market".

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"The potential gain is not worth risking a good alliance", he said. Until the dispute is resolved, however, they agree it will weigh on Monster's shares. The Coca-Cola now has an average rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $51.22.

The Coca-Cola stock traded down $0.04 on Thursday, reaching $49.33. Sacks said their agreement allows Coca-Cola to make certain changes to its products, such as adding vitamins or increasing the caffeine in its drinks. "And we just don't think that at this point we'd be in a position or should be in a position to speculate on what effect that might have". "That is really where we are". Monster Beverage Corporation (MNST) has risen 3.94% since November 9, 2017 and is uptrending. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its holdings in The Coca-Cola by 2.9% in the second quarter.

Bonnie Herzog, an analyst for Wells Fargo Securities, said the arbitration could signal that Coca-Cola prefers to maintain the status quo.

In the meantime, Coca-Cola's new proposed drinks are already doing damage to Monster despite any release being months away. In 2015, Coca-Cola acquired a 16.7% stake in Monster for $2.15 billion.

Guggenheim rates Monster a buy with a stock price target of $72, or 45% below its current trading level. Societe Generale set a $49.00 price objective on shares of The Coca-Cola and gave the stock a "neutral" rating in a report on Monday, August 13th. Analysts agreed that earnings-a sales and profit beat-were strong and expect margins to improve in the fourth quarter. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 123,908 shares of the company's stock, valued at $5,947,584.

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