Berenberg Raises Altria Group (NYSE:MO) Stock To a Buy Rating

Modesto Morganelli
Dicembre 20, 2017

The stock's current distance from 20-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA20) is 4.44% where SMA50 and SMA200 are 8.27% and 3.29% respectively.

Shares of Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) opened at $71.67 on Monday. It has underperformed by 15.28% the S&P500.

Adam Fox increased its stake in Ca Inc (CA) by 7.48% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. American National Insurance Company sold 5,000 shares as the company's stock declined 2.84% while stock markets rallied. America First Investment Advsr Llc reported 413 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Companies having a market cap of $10 billion or more are typically considered as the major players of the market. The stock increased 1.24% or $0.885 during the last trading session, reaching $72.555. About 6,650 shares traded. It has underperformed by 5.55% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1 in Q2 2017. Its down 0.60, from 1.59 in 2017Q1. It improved, as 105 investors sold KR shares while 223 reduced holdings. 108 funds opened positions while 357 raised stakes. Inc. now owns 5,757 shares of the company's stock valued at $429,000 after buying an additional 29 shares in the last quarter. (NYSE:KR). 13,940 are owned by Da Davidson And Com. Barton Investment reported 6,740 shares. Mcgowan Gru Asset Incorporated owns 12,760 shares for 0.19% of their portfolio. Ing Groep Nv has 224,860 shares for 0.1% of their portfolio. (NYSE:NRG) for 91,177 shares. NRG's SI was 21.77 million shares in December as released by FINRA. 617,568 were reported by Lazard Asset Mgmt Limited Liability Corp. Alesco Advisors Ltd Llc accumulated 0.02% or 3,212 shares. Jfs Wealth Advsrs Limited Liability holds 2,119 shares. (NYSE:KR). Pacad Inv Ltd accumulated 92,704 shares. Moreover, Metropolitan Life Insurance Ny has 0.01% invested in Cambrex Corporation (NYSE:CBM). Berenberg initiated the shares of MO in report on Tuesday, June 14 with "Buy" rating. Therefore 79% are positive. According to their predictions high & low revenue estimates are 4.91 Billion and 4.7 Billion respectively. $32.77's average target is 23.89% above currents $26.45 stock price. AT&T Inc. had 67 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was initiated on Friday, February 26 by UBS. The firm earned "Strong Buy" rating on Monday, September 14 by S&P Research. As per Monday, May 9, the company rating was upgraded by Argus Research. RBC Capital Markets maintained AT&T Inc. The company was upgraded on Tuesday, September 26 by Cowen & Co. Jefferies maintained the shares of MRK in report on Friday, October 20 with "Sell" rating. Deutsche Bank downgraded it to "Hold" rating and $43 target in Wednesday, January 11 report. CKW Financial Group bought a new stake in shares of Altria Group during the second quarter worth $109,000. It also increased its holding in B Riley Finl Inc by 150,000 shares in the quarter, for a total of 210,000 shares, and has risen its stake in Viveve Med Inc.

Since August 10, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 2 sales for $2.95 million activity.

Among 33 analysts covering The Home Depot Inc. Hence the difference between Predicted EPS and Actual EPS reported is $0.03/share which shows an Earnings Surprise of 3.4 Percent. During the same period previous year, the firm posted $0.82 earnings per share. The company has a market cap of $136,759.97, a PE ratio of 22.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.93 and a beta of 0.62.

Among 19 analysts covering Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO). Todd Asset Mngmt Ltd Liability Co invested in 455,836 shares or 0.97% of the stock. Therefore 74% are positive. The Home Depot Inc. had 99 analyst reports since August 19, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel.

More notable recent Altria Group, Inc. The previous rating for MO was a Hold. SunTrust maintained the shares of GTT in report on Wednesday, December 6 with "Buy" rating. The stock has "Hold" rating by Jefferies on Thursday, November 16. (NYSE:MO) has "Hold" rating given on Tuesday, October 3 by RBC Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Thursday, July 27 by Cowen & Co. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) on Friday, September 1 with "Hold" rating. As per Monday, July 31, the company rating was maintained by UBS.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.91 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.01, from 0.9 in 2017Q1. It dived, as 37 investors sold NRG Energy, Inc. shares while 107 reduced holdings. Finally, Proficio Capital Partners LLC lifted its position in shares of Altria Group by 97.4% during the first quarter.

Altria Group Inc (NYSE MO) traded up $0.98 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $72.65. (NYSE:MO). Ruggie Cap Group holds 0.21% or 4,190 shares. Moreover, Argent Capital Management Lc has 0.01% invested in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:NRG). James Investment Rech holds 0.05% of its portfolio in NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:MO). 2.22M are owned by Aviva Pcl. DEVITRE DINYAR S also sold $1.96M worth of Altria Group, Inc.

Earnings-per-share (EPS) ratio for MO is 8, exhibiting the allocation of the profit to each of its outstanding share of common stock. RBC Capital Markets maintained NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Linscomb Williams holds 0.12% of its portfolio in Altria Group, Inc. Rowland & Counsel Adv holds 0% of its portfolio in Altria Group, Inc. Cambrex Corporation (NYSE:CBM) has risen 11.15% since December 18, 2016 and is uptrending. Jnba Financial Advsrs reported 0% stake.

Price-to-free-cash-flow (P/FCF) of *tba gives an overview of the equity valuation for Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Cognios Limited Liability invested in 11,772 shares.

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