wall street journal: coke in talks to buy monster beverage

From The Wall Street Journal:

Coca-Cola Co. is in talks to acquire Monster Beverage Corp., a move that could help the world's biggest soft drinks maker expand its presence in the growing energy-drinks market, people familiar with the matter said.

An acquisition of Monster Beverage—whose market capitalization topped $13 billion as its share price leaped on the news—would be the largest brand acquisition for Coca-Cola.

Monster has been experiencing record growth, reporting fourth quarter gross sales last year increased 28% to $467.3 million, compared to the same period last year. Fourth-quarter net income increased 31% to $64.5 million.

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