British American Tobacco (BTI) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

News headlines about British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty 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. British American Tobacco earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 45.3856241477644 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

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

British American Tobacco stock traded down $0.18 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $58.83. 1,706,970 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,890,216. British American Tobacco has a 1 year low of $53.38 and a 1 year high of $73.41. The company has a market capitalization of $126,602.34, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.99, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 1.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72, a current ratio of 0.90 and a quick ratio of 0.52.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, November 20th. Investors of record on Friday, October 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.6792 per share. This represents a $2.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.62%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 4th. British American Tobacco’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 54.89%.

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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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