Altria Group Inc. (MO): Today's Featured Tobacco Loser

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Altria Group (MO) pushed the Tobacco industry lower today making it today's featured Tobacco loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Altria Group fell 21 cents (-0.7%) to $32.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.9 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.19-$32.45 after having opened the day at $32.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.43. Another company within the Tobacco industry that decreased today was Lorillard (LO), down 1.6%.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $66.23 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, below the average tobacco industry P/E ratio of 19.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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