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Crawford Investment Counsel Inc. Raises Stake in Altria Group (NYSE:MO)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc. Raises Stake in Altria Group (NYSE:MO)”

Its up 0.01, from 0.9 in 2017Q1. It increased, as 63 investors sold MO shares while 529 reduced holdings.

Institutional ownership refers to the ownership stake in a company that is held by large financial organizations, pension funds or endowments. Kanawha Capital Mgmt Limited Liability, a Virginia-based fund reported 40,992 shares. (NYSE:MO). Old Republic has 1.11% invested in Altria Group, Inc.

Shares of Altria Group (NYSE:MO) traded up $1.50 during trading on Monday, hitting $70.08.

Altria Group, Inc. (MO) has a Return on Assets of 34.5 percent, Return on Investment of 53.3 percent and a Return on Equity of 125 percent. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 45.8297320790957 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock's share price in the near future. Altria Group, Inc. disclosed in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that Director Devitre Dinyar S has sold 32,000 shares of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Perkins Coie accumulated 0.02% or 410 shares.

Altria Group, Inc.'s insider ownership stands at 0.1 percent, while its insider transaction is -2.42 percent. (NYSE:MO) or 5,035 shares. Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft MBH now owns 244,398 shares of the company's stock worth $18,149,000 after purchasing an additional 152,121 shares during the period. The company reported $0.90 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.03. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a "hold" rating and set a $71.00 price target on shares of Altria Group in a research report on Friday, March 24th. Tiedemann Wealth Mgmt Ltd holds 3.64% or 90,307 shares in its portfolio. Salient Trust Company Lta who had been investing in Altria Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $130.86 billion market cap company.

Salient Trust Company Lta, which manages about $871.56M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Schlumberger Ltd (NYSE:SLB) by 80,255 shares to 214,790 shares, valued at $14.14 million in 2017Q2, according to the filing. The hedge fund run by George Soros held 131,650 shares of the public utilities company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $7.81 million, down from 181,250 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) has risen 11.92% since December 4, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.78% the S&P500. It also increased its holding in Viavi Solutions Inc by 3.29M shares in the quarter, for a total of 3.67 million shares, and has risen its stake in Allot Communications Ltd (NASDAQ:ALLT).

Several analysts have released their opinion on Altria Group, Inc.

COPYRIGHT VIOLATION NOTICE: "Altria Group (MO) PT Set at $72.00 by Jefferies Group" was first reported by Week Herald and is the sole property of of Week Herald. Altria Group's quarterly revenue was down 1.8% compared to the same quarter past year.

Altria Group, Inc is a holding company. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. (NYSE:MO) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: "Altria: Rising Above The Clouds" published on November 27, 2017 as well as Seekingalpha.com's news article titled: "Altria Group: Total Return And Dividend Growth Play, Buy The Dip" with publication date: November 29, 2017. Swiss National Bank boosted its stake in shares of Altria Group by 25.1% in the 1st quarter. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company's stock. Therefore 68% are positive. Jefferies Group set a $67.00 target price on Altria Group and gave the company a "hold" rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. The firm has "Sell" rating given on Friday, May 26 by RBC Capital Markets. UBS reiterated a "hold" rating on shares of Altria Group in a research report on Tuesday, August 8th. BidaskClub raised Altria Group from a "strong sell" rating to a "sell" rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 3 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has "Buy" rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Monday, July 17. Cowen & Co has "Hold" rating and $64.0 target. Piper Jaffray maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Thursday, October 26 report. The rating was downgraded by Berenberg to "Hold" on Friday, February 3.

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