Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect British American Tobacco (BTI) Share Price

Media headlines about British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. British American Tobacco earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the company an impact score of 45.6864472764086 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on BTI shares. Zacks Investment Research cut British American Tobacco from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 14th. Citigroup lowered British American Tobacco from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 28th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $79.00.

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NYSE:BTI opened at $60.27 on Friday. British American Tobacco has a 12 month low of $53.38 and a 12 month high of $73.41. The company has a current ratio of 0.90, a quick ratio of 0.52 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72. The stock has a market capitalization of $128,435.00, a P/E ratio of 16.38, a PEG ratio of 1.75 and a beta of 1.06.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, November 20th. Stockholders of record on Friday, October 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.6792 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 4th. This represents a $2.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.51%. British American Tobacco’s dividend payout ratio is 54.89%.

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British American Tobacco Company Profile

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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