Altria Group Inc. [MO] stock Downgrade by Barclays analyst, price target now $43

Altria Group Inc. [NYSE: MO] plunged by -$0.32 during the normal trading session on Wednesday and reaching a high of $43.65 during the day while it closed the day at $43.20. The company report on July 28, 2020 that Altria Reports 2020 Second Quarter and First-Half Results; Reestablishes 2020 Full-Year Earnings Guidance; Announces IQOS Expansion Plans; Board Declares Dividend Increase.

Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) (NYSE: MO) today announces its 2020 second-quarter and first-half business results. Altria reestablishes 2020 adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) guidance and announces an increase in its quarterly dividend ahead of its previously scheduled dividend declaration date.

“Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., our employees continue to execute against our 10-year Vision with strong focus and commitment. Over the first-half of 2020, we believe Altria showed resilience in volatile market conditions, growing adjusted diluted earnings per share by 8.5%, driven by the outstanding financial performance of our core tobacco businesses. We’ve also hit key milestones and made steady progress behind our noncombustible product portfolio.”.

Altria Group Inc. stock has also loss -1.03% of its value over the past 7 days. However, MO stock has inclined by 11.31% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has gained 7.20% and lost -13.44% year-on date.

The market cap for MO stock reached $80.36 billion, with 1.86 billion shares outstanding and 1.86 billion shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 7.86M shares, MO reached a trading volume of 8673880 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say about Altria Group Inc. [MO]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for MO shares is $49.00 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on MO stock is a recommendation set at 2.10. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Barclays have made an estimate for Altria Group Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Equal Weight, with their previous recommendation back on July 08, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Goldman raised their target price to Neutral. The new note on the price target was released on April 01, 2020, representing the official price target for Altria Group Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $49, while Morgan Stanley analysts kept a Overweight rating on MO stock. On January 31, 2020, analysts increased their price target for MO shares from 52 to 57.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Altria Group Inc. is set at 0.81, with the Price to Sales ratio for MO stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.14. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 14.12, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 2.59. Price to Free Cash Flow for MO in the course of the last twelve months was 20.48 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.50.

MO stock trade performance evaluation

Altria Group Inc. [MO] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -1.03. With this latest performance, MO shares gained by 1.60% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 7.20% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -4.53% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for MO stock in for the last two-week period is set at 58.53, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 54.52, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 57.29 for Altria Group Inc. [MO]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 41.35, while it was recorded at 43.54 for the last single week of trading, and 43.06 for the last 200 days.

Altria Group Inc. [MO]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Altria Group Inc. [MO] shares currently have an operating margin of +53.34 and a Gross Margin at +64.22. Altria Group Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -6.57.

Return on Total Capital for MO is now 28.17, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -4.34. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -12.38, with Return on Assets sitting at -2.48. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Altria Group Inc. [MO] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 450.69. Additionally, MO Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 81.84, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 56.91. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 434.62, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 78.92.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Altria Group Inc. [MO] managed to generate an average of -$178,082 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 68.62 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.38.Altria Group Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.50 and a Current Ratio set at 0.70.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for Altria Group Inc. [MO] stock

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Altria Group Inc. posted 1.19/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.15/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 3.50%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for MO. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Altria Group Inc. go to 6.10%.

Altria Group Inc. [MO]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $50,512 million, or 63.60% of MO stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MO stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 152,900,355, which is approximately -0.673% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 144,172,140 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $6.23 billion in MO stocks shares; and CAPITAL WORLD INVESTORS, currently with $4.18 billion in MO stock with ownership of nearly 16.942% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Altria Group Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 655 institutional holders increased their position in Altria Group Inc. [NYSE:MO] by around 80,138,149 shares. Additionally, 824 investors decreased positions by around 97,763,196 shares, while 207 investors held positions by with 991,363,422 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,169,264,767 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MO stock had 108 new institutional investments in for a total of 8,394,635 shares, while 119 institutional investors sold positions of 9,087,244 shares during the same period.

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