Altria Group (MO) is a Virginia based $75 billion market cap tobacco marketer trading 8 million shares on a typical day.
Price to Book: 18.3
Forward Estimated Earnings Payout Percentage: 81%
Altria trades at a substantial discount compared to most industries because of its sin factor. You may not like cigarette smoke, but I can assure you that your portfolio doesn't care.
Your portfolio's only concern is profits and Altria's chart is moving from the bottom left to the upper right. In fact, this week marked another multi-year high while also offering a dividend yield above 5%.
The company is expected to report earnings before the open on Thursday, so if you're reading this before the earnings report, I suggest waiting until after it reports before entering, so you won't get blindsided right at the start.
Analysts have not reached a consensus. All else being equal, it's generally a bearish indication when the majority of analysts don't get behind a stock. Analysts love to push stocks, and no accord is almost the same as a sell rating. 6 out of 12 rate a hold. 6 recommend buying and no analysts recommend selling. The average analyst target price for Altria Group is $39.70.
Short sellers hate this stock. Every single short seller that has held for more than a month is underwater. There's isn't many short sellers, though, with only 0.8% of the float shorted.
At the time of publication, Weinstein had no positions in securities mentioned.
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