Shares of British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the eighteen analysts that are covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 5,638.24 ($73.20).

BATS has been the topic of several analyst reports. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 6,000 ($77.89) target price on shares of British American Tobacco plc in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Berenberg Bank reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 5,670 ($73.61) target price on shares of British American Tobacco plc in a research report on Monday, May 15th. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 6,000 ($77.89) target price on shares of British American Tobacco plc in a research report on Tuesday, May 9th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a GBX 6,100 ($79.19) target price on shares of British American Tobacco plc in a research report on Tuesday, May 30th. Finally, Whitman Howard reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a GBX 5,300 ($68.80) target price on shares of British American Tobacco plc in a research report on Wednesday, June 14th.

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Shares of British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS) traded down 1.66% on Friday, reaching GBX 4752.00. 2,905,499 shares of the company were exchanged. British American Tobacco plc has a 1-year low of GBX 4,237.00 and a 1-year high of GBX 5,643.60. The company has a 50-day moving average price of GBX 5,116.88 and a 200 day moving average price of GBX 5,230.91. The stock’s market capitalization is GBX 88.29 billion.

The company also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 28th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 17th will be issued a dividend of GBX 56.50 ($0.73) per share. This represents a yield of 1.06%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 17th.

In other news, insider Alan Davy bought 21 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 10th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of GBX 5,203 ($67.55) per share, with a total value of £1,092.63 ($1,418.45). Also, insider Jack Bowles bought 9,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 23rd. The shares were purchased at an average cost of GBX 5,487 ($71.23) per share, for a total transaction of £493,830 ($641,087.89). Over the last ninety days, insiders have purchased 9,029 shares of company stock worth $49,533,494.

British American Tobacco plc 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).

Analyst Recommendations for British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS)

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