How Does Wall Street Rate Shares Of Altria Group Inc. (MO)?

Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO) saw an upside of 1.99% to $47.64 after adding $0.93 on Tuesday. The 5-day average trading volume is 4,519,336 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $47.99 in the past week. An average of 7,036,159 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 6,357,136.

MO’s 1-month performance is -7.69% or -$2.86 on its low of $44.89 reached on 10/01/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $35.83 and high of $52.59, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 03/26/21. YTD, MO has achieved 13.93% or $6.74. However, the current price is down -9.41%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Nov 16, 330 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Altria Group Inc. (MO). Whitaker Charles N. (Sr. VP, Chief HR Off. & CCO) most recently sold 11,500 shares at $40.98 per share on Nov 16. This transaction cost the insider $471,290.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 121.61 and a low of 7.838. MO stock has a beta of 0.71. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 3.25 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 26.54.

Altria Group Inc. pays an annual dividend of $3.60 per share. Its dividend yield is 7.56% and the payout ratio is 140.60%. MO’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Oct. 12, when it paid $0.90 a share compared with prior rate of $0.86, up 4.44% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.04 reported on Thursday August 26 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 33.86% yearly.

It is projected that Altria Group Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 23-Dec. MO is expected to distribute $0.90 as its next dividend.

Altria Group Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 0.40, with the current ratio over the same period at 0.70 meaning that MO stock is not able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 8.67, while the total debt to equity was 8.67. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 52.60%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 54.00% while for the period ending June 29; Altria Group Inc.’s operating margin was 31.40%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $13.02 billion against revenue of $26.15 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 8.32% to $6.94 billion, while revenue of $6.04 billion was 12.98% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected MO to announce $1.18 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $1.23, representing a 4.20% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $3.25 billion. MO stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 41.13 billion, with total debt at $28.24 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $1.84 billion

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Altria Group Inc. (MO) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 54.20% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 39.07%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $46.82, reflecting a +3.40% or $1.57 change from its current price. MO is currently trading -1.30% above its 20-day SMA, -4.58% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by +0.02% and +14.43% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 50.23% and 43.08% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.91. The RSI (14) points at 49.86%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 65.97% with the period’s ATR at 0.89. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.60 and -0.17 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO), Redburn launched coverage with a Neutral rating. Analysts offering their rating for MO stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate MO as a “sell,”, while 10 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 1 rates the stock as overweight while 8 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is MO’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $45.00 and a high of $68.00, with their median price target at $54.15. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Altria Group Inc. (MO) stock is $54.27.


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