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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Altria Group (MO) stock is rising by 1.68% to $59.95 in early afternoon trading on Wednesday, ahead of the company's 2015 fourth quarter earnings results.

The Richmond-based tobacco company reports its earnings results before the market open on Thursday.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters are expecting Altria to report earnings of 68 cents per share on revenue of $4.73 billion.

Altria reported adjusted earnings of 66 cents per share on revenue of $6.3 billion during the year-ago period. 

Shares of Altria have risen by more than 9% during the last year.  

Separately, recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

TheStreet Ratings rates this stock as a "buy" with a ratings score of B+. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: MO

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