why Altria Group Inc. [MO] is a Good Choice for Investors After New Price Target of $53.06

Altria Group Inc. [NYSE: MO] plunged by -$0.22 during the normal trading session on Tuesday and reaching a high of $50.18 during the day while it closed the day at $49.99. The company report on May 11, 2021 that Altria Group Announces Election of Kathryn B. McQuade as Chair of the Board.

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Altria Group, Inc. (“Altria”) (NYSE: MO) is pleased to announce that, on May 10, 2021, Altria’s Board of Directors (“Board”) elected Kathryn B. McQuade to serve as the independent Chair of the Board effective upon the conclusion of Altria’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which is being held on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

“I am thrilled with Kathryn’s selection to be Altria’s next independent Board Chair,” said Billy Gifford, Altria’s Chief Executive Officer. “I believe that her significant expertise, including in finance, business strategy and working within regulated industries, will help advance our focus on Moving Beyond Smoking™.”.

Altria Group Inc. stock has also loss -0.87% of its value over the past 7 days. However, MO stock has inclined by 14.66% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has gained 23.95% and gained 21.93% year-on date.

The market cap for MO stock reached $92.22 billion, with 1.86 billion shares outstanding and 1.85 billion shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 10.60M shares, MO reached a trading volume of 5224706 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 $53.06 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.

Argus have made an estimate for Altria Group Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Hold, with their previous recommendation back on May 05, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Jefferies raised their target price from $40 to $58. The new note on the price target was released on March 26, 2021, representing the official price target for Altria Group Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $46, while Citigroup analysts kept a Neutral rating on MO stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Altria Group Inc. is set at 1.04, with the Price to Sales ratio for MO stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.57. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 31.84, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 3.14. Price to Free Cash Flow for MO in the course of the last twelve months was 52.31 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.60.

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 -0.87. With this latest performance, MO shares gained by 1.85% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 23.95% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 32.95% 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 54.54, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 55.96, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 54.32 for Altria Group Inc. [MO]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 49.73, while it was recorded at 49.99 for the last single week of trading, and 43.52 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 +52.77 and a Gross Margin at +62.73. Altria Group Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +21.40.

Return on Total Capital for MO is now 32.91, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 13.92. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 98.42, with Return on Assets sitting at 9.22. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Altria Group Inc. [MO] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 1,038.08. Additionally, MO Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 91.21, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 62.16. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 985.24, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 86.57.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Altria Group Inc. [MO] managed to generate an average of $628,028 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 102.92 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.43.Altria Group Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.60 and a Current Ratio set at 0.80.

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

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Altria Group Inc. posted 1.09/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.06/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 2.80%. 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 4.35%.

Altria Group Inc. [MO]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $55,973 million, or 61.80% of MO stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MO stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 152,254,937, which is approximately 0.43% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 138,762,212 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $6.94 billion in MO stocks shares; and CAPITAL WORLD INVESTORS, currently with $6.23 billion in MO stock with ownership of nearly 9.899% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Altria Group Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 903 institutional holders increased their position in Altria Group Inc. [NYSE:MO] by around 61,025,485 shares. Additionally, 741 investors decreased positions by around 65,897,722 shares, while 220 investors held positions by with 992,752,499 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,119,675,706 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MO stock had 223 new institutional investments in for a total of 10,051,326 shares, while 97 institutional investors sold positions of 4,969,172 shares during the same period.

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