Merger watch: Monster Beverage has the growth Coca-Cola needs

|About: Monster Beverage Corp. (MNST)|By:, SA News Editor

A purchase of Monster Beverage (MNST +2.9%) would command a high deal price, but also give the buyer a huge base in the energy drink market to work with, says Edward D. Jones' Jack Russo.

Coca-Cola (KO +1%) is the company that would be the logical choice to make a run for Monster's strong growth, but it hasn't tipped off any renewed interest.

The final push for Coca-Cola to pull the trigger could be another period or two of soft demand for soft drinks in the U.S.