British American Tobacco (BTI) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows

Media headlines about British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. British American Tobacco earned a news impact score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 45.7483673184807 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

British American Tobacco (NYSE BTI) traded up $1.06 on Monday, reaching $62.21. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,299,172 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,744,051. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.91, a current ratio of 0.87 and a quick ratio of 0.48. British American Tobacco has a 12-month low of $60.15 and a 12-month high of $73.41.

The company also recently announced a None dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, February 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a $0.581 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a yield of 1.73%.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on BTI shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded British American Tobacco from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $73.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. Jefferies Group set a $78.00 price objective on British American Tobacco and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 18th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $79.00.

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About British American Tobacco

British American Tobacco p.l.c. is a tobacco and next generation products company. The Company’s tobacco product range includes cigarettes, fine cut (roll-your-own and make-your-own tobacco) and Swedish-style snus. Its segments include Asia-Pacific, Americas, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA).

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