UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. Lowers Holdings in Altria Group Inc (MO)

Accredited Investors Inc bought 16,818 shares as the company's stock declined 0.59% with the market. The hedge fund run by Peter S. Park held 1,100 shares of the consumer electronics and appliances company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $19,000, down from 344,050 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Accredited Investors Inc who had been investing in Graco Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $7.74B market cap company. The stock increased 0.87% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $63.95. (NYSE:MO). The Ohio-based Hendley And Com has invested 0.85% in Altria Group, Inc. It has outperformed by 32.48% the S&P500.

Independent Franchise Partners LLP increased its position in Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) by 24.0% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In the last three months, insiders have sold 28,117 shares of company stock worth $1,821,707. The institutional investor held 162,975 shares of the precious metals company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $2.08M, up from 131,415 at the end of the previous reported quarter.

Shares of MO traded up $0.55 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $63.95. About 4.26 million shares traded.

Wall Street analysts predict that Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) will announce earnings of $0.94 per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. It has underperformed by 28.60% the S&P500.

Since October 30, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 6 insider sales for $11.41 million activity. The firm earned "Sell" rating on Thursday, March 29 by J.P. Morgan. 3,464 shares were sold by Quigley Brian W., worth $216,154. That's change of 0.04, from 2017Q3's 0.89. 151 funds opened positions while 383 raised stakes. Research & Mgmt accumulated 80,663 shares. Calamos Advsr Lc holds 0.34% or 552,748 shares. After $0.27 actual earnings per share reported by General Electric Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -55.56% negative EPS growth. Meristem Ltd Liability Partnership holds 6,384 shares. Outfitter Advsrs accumulated 0.34% or 25,737 shares. Stratos Wealth Partners Limited owns 7,167 shares or 0.01% of their United States portfolio. Chesapeake Asset Mngmt Limited reported 3.54% in PepsiCo, Inc. Hm Payson & invested in 79,361 shs or 0.23% of the stock. Ngam Advisors LP owns 34,346 shares. BlackRock Inc. now owns 135,404,376 shares of the company's stock valued at $9,669,229,000 after purchasing an additional 1,140,353 shares during the period. It also reduced its holding in Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) by 31,288 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 9,148 shares, and cut its stake in Wisdomtree Tr (DEM). On Wednesday, June 29 the stock rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs with "Neutral". Therefore 52% are positive.

Analysts await AT&T Inc. Stifel Nicolaus maintained it with "Buy" rating and $78.0 target in Wednesday, January 10 report. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Friday, July 7 by Cowen & Co. (NYSE:MO) on Friday, March 2. The company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Wednesday, January 10. Berenberg Bank upgraded shares of Altria Group from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and upped their target price for the company from $60.01 to $71.00 in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. The rating was maintained by Seaport Global on Monday, January 22 with "Hold". The stock has "Buy" rating by Oppenheimer on Tuesday, August 1. The company was maintained on Thursday, September 14 by Piper Jaffray.

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During Q4 2017 the big money sentiment increased to 0.93. Its up 0.04, from 0.89 in 2017Q3. 134 funds took stakes and 410 increased stakes. SURGNER W HILDEBRANDT JR also sold $199,488 worth of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) for 30,973 shares. Blue Edge Capital Ltd Liability owns 17,169 shares. Korea Invest has invested 0.35% in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Lehman stated it has 3,375 shares or 0.13% of all its holdings. Riggs Asset Managment reported 0.01% in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) for 6,880 shares. Spirit Of America Mngmt Corporation invested in 0.25% or 31,890 shares. Arrow Fincl Corp owns 9,481 shares. Bridges Inc has invested 0.79% in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). First Hawaiian National Bank holds 4,510 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. Moreover, Agf Invs has 1.69% invested in Altria Group, Inc.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, makes and sells cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States.The firm is valued at $121.53 billion. Invest House Limited Liability Corp stated it has 4,915 shares. (NYSE:MO) for 68,864 shares. Credit Agricole downgraded Altria Group, Inc. Altria Group posted earnings per share of $0.73 during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 28.8%.

MO has been the topic of several research reports. The company reported $0.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $0.67 by $0.01. The firm has a market cap of $120,488.47, a PE ratio of 18.92, a P/E/G ratio of 1.84 and a beta of 0.62. This is a boost from Altria Group's previous quarterly dividend of $0.66.

Altria Group, Inc is a holding company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a "sector perform" rating and set a $62.00 target price (down from $65.00) on shares of Altria Group in a report on Monday, February 5th. (NASDAQ:PEP) rating on Tuesday, September 5. The rating was maintained by PiperJaffray with "Overweight" on Friday, February 2. The stock of Altria Group, Inc. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Tuesday, September 13 by Citigroup. CLSA maintained Altria Group, Inc. The company was downgraded on Thursday, March 23 by RBC Capital Markets. On Friday, October 27 the company was maintained by UBS.

About $1.40B and $1.43B US Long portfolio the Saratoga Research & Investment Management manages. For a total of 634,793 shares it increased its holding in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 633,721 shares in the quarter, and has risen its stake in Wal (NYSE:WMT).

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