Altria Group (MO) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Finds

News articles about Altria Group (NYSE:MO) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Altria Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 46.5246857489342 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

A number of analysts recently weighed in on MO shares. Jefferies Group set a $72.00 price target on shares of Altria Group and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Vetr downgraded shares of Altria Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $71.65 price target on the stock. in a research report on Monday, November 13th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Altria Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $76.00 price target on shares of Altria Group in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Edward Jones upgraded shares of Altria Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $72.57.

Shares of Altria Group (NYSE:MO) traded up $0.20 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $72.14. 4,721,937 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 6,823,391. The company has a quick ratio of 0.48, a current ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.14. The firm has a market cap of $137,660.00, a P/E ratio of 9.02, a P/E/G ratio of 2.94 and a beta of 0.62. Altria Group has a 52-week low of $60.01 and a 52-week high of $77.79.

Altria Group (NYSE:MO) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The company reported $0.90 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $5.10 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.22 billion. Altria Group had a net margin of 60.37% and a return on equity of 49.43%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 1.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.82 EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that Altria Group will post 3.28 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 10th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 21st will be issued a dividend of $0.66 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 20th. This represents a $2.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.66%. Altria Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 33.00%.

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About Altria Group

Altria Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company’s segments include smokeable products, smokeless products and wine. The Company’s subsidiaries include Philip Morris USA Inc (PM USA), which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the United States; John Middleton Co (Middleton), which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of machine-made cigars and pipe tobacco, and UST LLC (UST), which, through its subsidiaries, including U.S.

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