Altria Group (MO) Earning Somewhat Critical News Coverage, Study Finds

News articles about Altria Group (NYSE:MO) have been trending somewhat negative on Saturday, InfoTrie reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than six thousand news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Altria Group earned a news impact score of -1.57 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave headlines about the company an news buzz score of 1 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Altria Group’s analysis:

Shares of Altria Group stock opened at $54.18 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $102.22 billion, a PE ratio of 16.03, a P/E/G ratio of 1.59 and a beta of 0.37. Altria Group has a 52 week low of $52.90 and a 52 week high of $74.38. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77, a current ratio of 0.60 and a quick ratio of 0.36.

Altria Group (NYSE:MO) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 25th. The company reported $1.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.07 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $5.29 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.22 billion. Altria Group had a return on equity of 48.31% and a net margin of 42.13%. On average, equities research analysts predict that Altria Group will post 3.99 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on MO shares. ValuEngine raised Altria Group from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 15th. Jefferies Financial Group downgraded Altria Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $61.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Friday, August 24th. Bank of America set a $70.00 price target on Altria Group and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 13th. Citigroup upped their price target on Altria Group from $59.00 to $67.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 21st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Altria Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, September 25th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Altria Group presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $67.81.

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Altria Group Company Profile

Altria Group, Inc, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States. It offers cigarettes primarily under the Marlboro brand; cigars principally under the Black & Mild brand; and moist smokeless tobacco products under the Copenhagen, Skoal, Red Seal, and Husky brands.

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