News articles about Altria Group (NYSE:MO) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Altria Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.7968868621895 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
Shares of Altria Group (MO) traded up $0.10 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $70.18. 8,431,374 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 6,795,123. The firm has a market capitalization of $130,863.67, a PE ratio of 21.70, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.80 and a beta of 0.62. Altria Group has a 52 week low of $60.01 and a 52 week high of $77.79. The company has a quick ratio of 0.48, a current ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.14.
Altria Group (NYSE:MO) last released its quarterly 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 business had revenue of $5.10 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.22 billion. Altria Group had a net margin of 60.37% and a return on equity of 49.43%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.82 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Altria Group will post 3.28 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
MO has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Vetr cut shares of Altria Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $69.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Altria Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $71.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 target price on shares of Altria Group in a report on Friday, October 27th. Cowen reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Altria Group in a report on Sunday, September 10th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Altria Group from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, August 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $72.90.
In other Altria Group news, Director Dinyar S. Devitre sold 32,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.22, for a total transaction of $1,959,040.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.11% of the company’s stock.
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Altria Group Company Profile
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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