Traders sold shares of Altria Group (NYSE:MO) on strength during trading on Monday. $31.65 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $65.77 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $34.12 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Altria Group had the 11th highest net out-flow for the day. Altria Group traded up $0.01 for the day and closed at $66.34

A number of analysts have commented on MO shares. Vetr downgraded Altria Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $65.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. Argus upgraded Altria Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $62.93 to $68.00 in a research report on Monday, May 9th. Bank of America Corp. reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $66.00 target price on shares of Altria Group in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Berenberg Bank started coverage on Altria Group in a research report on Tuesday, June 14th. They set a “buy” rating and a $74.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $71.00 target price (up from $65.00) on shares of Altria Group in a research report on Monday, June 27th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Altria Group has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $68.31.

The company’s 50-day moving average is $67.82 and its 200-day moving average is $64.33. The firm has a market capitalization of $129.63 billion and a PE ratio of 23.03.

Altria Group (NYSE:MO) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.81 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.01. The company earned $6.52 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.01 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.74 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Altria Group will post $3.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Altria Group news, SVP Charles N. Whitaker sold 11,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.53, for a total transaction of $731,830.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP James E. Dillard III sold 9,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.68, for a total transaction of $600,120.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other hedge funds have modified their holdings of the company. Carleon Capital Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Altria Group during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,054,000. TCI Wealth Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Altria Group by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. TCI Wealth Advisors Inc. now owns 18,469 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,075,000 after buying an additional 156 shares during the last quarter. Bridgewater Associates LP boosted its stake in shares of Altria Group by 143.8% in the fourth quarter. Bridgewater Associates LP now owns 19,500 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,135,000 after buying an additional 11,500 shares during the last quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. acquired a new stake in shares of Altria Group during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,160,000. Finally, Atlanta Capital Group boosted its stake in shares of Altria Group by 4.2% in the fourth quarter. Atlanta Capital Group now owns 19,975 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,163,000 after buying an additional 808 shares during the last quarter.

Altria Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Philip Morris USA Inc (PM USA), which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the United States; John Middleton Co (Middleton), which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of machine-made large cigars and pipe tobacco, and UST LLC (UST), which through its subsidiaries, including U.S.

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