Shares of Vector Group Ltd (NYSE:VGR) have received an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the one analysts that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation. Vector Group’s rating score has declined by 200% from three months ago as a result of a number of analysts’ upgrades and downgrades.

Zacks has also assigned Vector Group an industry rank of 120 out of 257 based on the ratings given to related companies.

Several analysts recently weighed in on VGR shares. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “market perform” rating on shares of Vector Group in a research note on Wednesday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Vector Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 29th. UBS Group lowered Vector Group from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 3rd. Finally, ValuEngine lowered Vector Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 8th.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in VGR. Jane Street Group LLC acquired a new stake in Vector Group in the first quarter valued at about $265,000. Legal & General Group Plc boosted its stake in Vector Group by 10.2% in the first quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 43,511 shares of the company’s stock valued at $887,000 after buying an additional 4,037 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can boosted its stake in shares of Vector Group by 28.7% during the second quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 15,128 shares of the company’s stock valued at $288,000 after purchasing an additional 3,371 shares in the last quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Vector Group by 4.6% during the second quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 99,064 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,890,000 after purchasing an additional 4,400 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Cornerstone Wealth Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Vector Group during the second quarter valued at about $556,000. 45.50% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of NYSE VGR traded up $0.24 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $14.33. The company had a trading volume of 2,670,849 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,378,022. Vector Group has a one year low of $12.56 and a one year high of $23.14. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.93 billion, a P/E ratio of 30.74 and a beta of 0.29.

Vector Group (NYSE:VGR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.14 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by $0.03. Vector Group had a negative return on equity of 17.55% and a net margin of 4.29%. The company had revenue of $513.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $495.70 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.15 earnings per share. Vector Group’s revenue was up 6.0% on a year-over-year basis. Research analysts anticipate that Vector Group will post 0.52 earnings per share for the current year.

About Vector Group

Vector Group Ltd., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes in the United States. It operates through Tobacco, E-Cigarettes, and Real Estate segments. The company produces cigarettes in 109 combinations under the PYRAMID, EAGLE 20's, GRAND PRIX, LIGGETT SELECT, and EVE brand names, as well as USA and various partner brands, and private label brands.

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