Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) 2017 Q4 Sentiment

April 25, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

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Sentiment for Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO)

Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) institutional sentiment increased to 0.93 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.04, from 0.89 in 2017Q3. The ratio increased, as 544 investment professionals opened new or increased stock positions, while 584 trimmed and sold stock positions in Altria Group Inc. The investment professionals in our partner’s database now possess: 1.16 billion shares, down from 1.17 billion shares in 2017Q3. Also, the number of investment professionals holding Altria Group Inc in their top 10 stock positions increased from 36 to 42 for an increase of 6. Sold All: 63 Reduced: 521 Increased: 410 New Position: 134.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, makes and sells cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States. The company has market cap of $104.76 billion. It offers cigarettes primarily under the Marlboro brand; cigars principally under the Black & Mild brand; and moist smokeless tobacco products under the Copenhagen and Skoal, Red Seal, and Husky brands. It has a 10.41 P/E ratio. The firm also produces and sells varietal and blended table wines, and sparkling wines under the Chateau Ste.

The stock decreased 2.25% or $1.27 during the last trading session, reaching $55.3. About 13.88M shares traded or 57.37% up from the average. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) has declined 17.05% since April 25, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 28.60% the S&P500.

Analysts await Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) to report earnings on April, 26 before the open. They expect $0.94 EPS, up 28.77 % or $0.21 from last year’s $0.73 per share. MO’s profit will be $1.78 billion for 14.71 P/E if the $0.94 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.91 actual EPS reported by Altria Group, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 3.30 % EPS growth.

Wintergreen Advisers Llc holds 17.07% of its portfolio in Altria Group, Inc. for 386,982 shares. Troy Asset Management Ltd owns 3.62 million shares or 10.68% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Cypress Capital Management Llc (Wy) has 8.83% invested in the company for 109,105 shares. The New York-based Hrt Financial Llc has invested 5.89% in the stock. Fayez Sarofim & Co, a Texas-based fund reported 15.13 million shares.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 selling transactions for $1.82 million activity.

Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) Ratings Coverage

Ratings analysis reveals 69% of Altria Group’s analysts are positive. Out of 13 Wall Street analysts rating Altria Group, 9 give it “Buy”, 0 “Sell” rating, while 4 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $62.0 while the high is $85.0. The stock’s average target of $74.36 is 34.47% above today’s ($55.3) share price. MO was included in 19 notes of analysts from October 26, 2017. The company was maintained on Thursday, October 26 by Piper Jaffray. The firm has “Buy” rating by Edward Jones given on Wednesday, November 1. The stock has “Buy” rating by Cowen & Co on Thursday, October 26. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Hold” on Monday, February 5. The stock of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) earned “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, November 6. The company was maintained on Friday, October 27 by UBS. The stock of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, April 18 by Citigroup. The stock of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) earned “Buy” rating by Cowen & Co on Monday, January 8. As per Monday, April 23, the company rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray. Citigroup maintained Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) rating on Monday, October 30. Citigroup has “Buy” rating and $75 target.

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