1. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.35 (-1.0%) to $34.43 on average volume Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.41-$34.80 after having opened the day at $34.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.78.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $70.2 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Altria Group Ratings Report now.

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