Analysts Watch Altria Group (NYSE:MO) And Issue New Targets

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Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 136,023,361 shares of the company's stock worth $10,129,659,000 after acquiring an additional 2,690,270 shares during the last quarter. Altria Group makes up approximately 1.4% of Busey Trust CO's portfolio, making the stock its 23rd biggest holding.

HCI Group, Inc. (HCI) is an insurance holding company. Sterling Investment Advisors Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of Altria Group by 133.3% in the 1st quarter. The institutional investor held 4.05 million shares of the farming and seeds and milling company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $301.71M, up from 4.01M at the end of the previous reported quarter.

11/30/2015 - Ladenburg Thalmann began new coverage on HCI Group, Inc. giving the company a "buy" rating. Ingalls & Snyder LLC increased its position in shares of Altria Group by 5.1% in the second quarter.

The company now has an insider ownership of 0.1 Percent and Institutional ownership of 62.7 Percent. Acropolis Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in Altria Group by 0.3% in the first quarter. The stock has been active on the tape, now trading at $63.57, up from yesterday's close by 1.63%.

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Morgan Dempsey Capital Management Llc increased Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO) that has shown a discernible change in trend levels over the path of recent market activity.

Altria Group has a 50 day moving average of 63.20 and a 200 day moving average of 69.74. Altria Group has a one year low of $60.01 and a one year high of $77.79. MO now has a profit margin of 56.90%. (NYSE:MO) had a closing price of $62.55 yesterday. Gofen And Glossberg Ltd Limited Liability Company Il holds 0.46% or 161,172 shares in its portfolio. A rating of 4 or 5 would represent a Sell recommendation. This showed a surprise of -1.2% in the last quarter earnings. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.81 EPS.

HCI Group, Inc. was upgraded to "buy" by analysts at Sidoti. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be issued a $0.66 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 14th. Altria Group's payout ratio is presently 34.83%. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) has noticeable measure of stock volatility, for this average true range is an exponential moving average (14 trading days) of the True Ranges. This buyback authorization authorizes the company to purchase up to 0.7% of its stock through open market purchases.

According to Finviz reported data, The SMA20 of the stock is at 1.02 percent, SMA50 is -0.41 percent, while SMA200 is -9.73 percent.

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In order to reach an opinion and communicate the value and volatility of a covered security, analysts research public financial statements, listen in on conference calls and talk to managers and the customers of a company, typically in an attempt to capture the findings for a research report.

03/17/2015 - HCI Group, Inc. had its "neutral" rating reiterated by analysts at Gilford Securities. The stock now has an average rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $71.57. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) rating on Monday, July 17. Weatherly Asset Limited Partnership owns 0.12% invested in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) for 5,804 shares. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Altria Group from a "hold" rating to a "sell" rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. (NYSE:MO). The majority of analysts covering the equity have either a Buy or Strong Buy recommendation on the stock, yielding a consensus score of 2.10. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC restated a "hold" rating and issued a $70.00 price target (down previously from $71.00) on shares of Altria Group in a research report on Monday, July 17th.

In other news, CEO Martin J. Barrington sold 15,300 shares of Altria Group stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 10th. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Dinyar S. Devitre sold 32,000 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.22, for a total value of $1,959,040.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. The Company's segments include smokeable products, smokeless products and wine. The Company's subsidiaries include Philip Morris USA Inc.

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