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Analysts Expect Altria Group Inc (MO) to Post $0.94 EPS

MO has 4.26M shares volume. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. owned approximately 0.33% of Altria Group worth $447,526,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period. It has underperformed by 27.43% the S&P500. Palladium Partners Llc sold 6,885 shares as the company's stock declined 15.83% with the market. The institutional investor held 4,488 shares of the farming and seeds and milling company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $320,000, down from 30,354 at the end of the previous reported quarter. American Beacon Advisors Inc who had been investing in Altria Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $121.53 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.91% or $0.13 during the last trading session, reaching $14.38.

On average, analysts expect that Altria Group will report full year earnings of $4.01 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.97 to $4.05. (NYSE:MO). The Pennsylvania-based Clark Capital Gp has invested 0.02% in Altria Group, Inc. It has underperformed by 25.76% the S&P500. Therefore 36% are positive. Altria Group Inc. had 60 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned "Sell" rating on Thursday, March 29 by J.P. Morgan. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer on Tuesday, August 8 with "Hold". The stock has "Buy" rating by Deutsche Bank on Monday, September 14. The rating was upgraded by HSBC on Monday, September 26 to "Hold". Vertical Research maintained General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) rating on Tuesday, January 16. RBC Capital Markets has "Hold" rating and $115.0 target. Vetr downgraded shares of Altria Group from a "hold" rating to a "sell" rating and set a $68.17 price objective for the a research note on Monday, January 22nd. On Monday, October 30 the firm has "Buy" rating given by Citigroup. The firm earned "Overweight" rating on Thursday, May 19 by Barclays Capital.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.02 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.26, from 1.17 in 2017Q3. It is negative, as 39 investors sold CRM shares while 274 reduced holdings. 59 funds opened positions while 257 raised stakes. Comerica Bankshares stated it has 606,990 shares. Bokf Na holds 634,362 shares or 0.3% of its portfolio. Wellington Management Grp Inc Limited Liability Partnership reported 12.08M shares. 2,980 were accumulated by Marathon Capital Management. 608.21 million shares or 0.25% less from 609.74 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Catawba Capital Mgmt Va holds 0.15% or 9,074 shs. Tower Bridge holds 0.08% or 5,740 shares. Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft Mbh invested in 199,477 shares or 0.55% of the stock. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership has invested 0.28% of its portfolio in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). Flagship Harbor Advisors LLC now owns 16,164 shares of the company's stock worth $1,188,000 after acquiring an additional 729 shares during the period.

MO registered $1.82 million net activity with 0 insider buys and 4 sales since February 7, 2018. It also increased its holding in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 40 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1,254 shares, and has risen its stake in Alaska Air Group Inc (NYSE:ALK).

Analysts await, inc. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 28,117 shares of company stock worth $1,821,707. PEP's profit will be $1.32 billion for 29.37 P/E if the $0.93 EPS becomes a reality. Blackrock Inc owns 14.00 million shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Dillard James E III also sold $410,313 worth of Altria Group, Inc. "Buy" rating has 10, "Sell" are 0, while 2 are "Hold". Therefore 89% are positive. AT&T Inc. had 77 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Friday, February 3, the company rating was downgraded by Berenberg. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Altria Group by 2.0% during the 2nd quarter. The company was maintained on Thursday, September 14 by Piper Jaffray.

Among 22 analysts covering PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 14 Hold. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird with "Hold" on Wednesday, October 11. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a "buy" rating and set a $84.00 price target on shares of Altria Group in a research note on Thursday, March 15th. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC increased its position in shares of Altria Group by 13.9% in the fourth quarter. (NYSE:MO) for 28,325 shs. This repurchase authorization authorizes the company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases.

Investors sentiment increased to 9.88 in 2017 Q4. It dived, as 46 investors sold ECL shares while 298 reduced holdings. 134 funds took stakes and 410 increased stakes. Indiana-based Lynch And Assoc In has invested 0.76% in Altria Group, Inc.

Several research analysts have weighed in on MO shares. Flagship Harbor Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Altria Group by 4.7% during the 2nd quarter. (NYSE:MO). Park Oh owns 25,874 shares or 0.1% of their United States portfolio. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Fi owns 1.67M shares. Garland Cap Mngmt invested in 38,415 shares or 3.02% of the stock. (NASDAQ:PEP). Sand Hill Glob Advsrs Ltd Liability reported 1,998 shares. Pitcairn stated it has 27,717 shares or 0.2% of all its holdings. Stratos Wealth Partners Limited owns 7,167 shares or 0.01% of their USA portfolio. Cornercap Invest Counsel reported 0.03% in PepsiCo, Inc. Atlantic Ltd Llc invested 0.06% of its capital in Altria Group, Inc. Horizon Investments Llc has invested 0.41% in PepsiCo, Inc. Chesapeake Asset Mngmt Limited reported 3.54% in PepsiCo, Inc. The company's revenue for the quarter was down.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Altria Group Inc will post 4.01 earnings per share for the current year. The company reported $0.91 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.11. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.68 EPS. MO's profit will be $1.79 billion for 17.01 P/E if the $0.94 EPS becomes a reality. This is a boost from Altria Group's previous quarterly dividend of $0.66.

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