|Bid||2,640.00 x 54200|
|Ask||2,736.50 x 67200|
|Day's Range||2,643.00 - 2,742.50|
|52 Week Range||2,643.00 - 5,108.00|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.22|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||1.59|
|Earnings Date||Feb 20, 2019 - Feb 25, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.95 (7.03%)|
|1y Target Est||3,968.50|
Altria Group (MO) is all set to leverage growth opportunities in the cannabis space with its decision to buy a stake in Cronos Group (CRON). Today, Altria announced that it had agreed to invest $1.8 billion (2.4 billion Canadian dollars) in Cronos Group to support its innovation and distribution footprint. The transaction will give Altria a 45% stake in Cronos Group at a price of 16.25 Canadian dollars per share.
Altria's potential investment in e-cigarette maker Juul could be worth as much as $4 billion-$7 billion and could be part of a plan to buy the vaping startup.
As of November 21, Altria Group (MO) was trading at $54.39, which represents a fall of 12.7% since the announcement of its third-quarter earnings on October 25. In the third quarter, which ended on September 30, Altria posted an adjusted EPS of $1.08 on revenues (net of excise tax) of $5.29 billion. Altria outperformed analysts’ EPS expectation of $1.07 and revenue expectation of $5.22 billion.
Tobacco companies are the companies that everybody loves to hate. On one hand, these companies produce cigarettes, which have been linked in no uncertain terms to cancer and many other deadly diseases. On the other hand, tobacco companies are fantastically run businesses.
As a reaction to the proposed plan of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban menthol cigarettes Thursday, shares of sellers collapsed on the stock market. Altria Group Inc. (MO) declined 10% to $57.28 per share, and British American Tobacco PLC (BTI) plummeted 16% to $35.18 per share for the last five days through Nov. 15, as the rumor of a possible ban emerged on Nov. 9. Warning! GuruFocus has detected 1 Warning Sign with EXTN.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced sweeping new restrictions on flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes popular among teenagers in an effort to prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts. The much-anticipated announcement will mean that only tobacco, mint and menthol e-cigarette flavors can be sold at most traditional retail outlets such as convenience stores. The FDA also plans to seek a ban on menthol cigarettes, a longtime goal of public health advocates, as well as flavored cigars.
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb outlined a slew of policies, including restrictions on sales of flavored e-cigarettes, and essentially threatened to pull products from the market if manufacturers do not follow them.
Investors have plenty of worries, including higher interest rates, oil prices, China’s economic health and a changing political outlook following the elections. Reports claim said fund stole money and that Goldman Sachs “cheated” in its dealings in the matter.
This article was produced in partnership with Point, a YouTube channel for investigative journalism. British American Tobacco (BAT) -- the third-largest publicly traded tobacco company in the world -- is engaged in an elaborate and ethically questionable online-marketing strategy across Europe and Asia. Dunhill and Kent cigarettes are among the BAT labels benefitting from spinout brands in South Korea, Romania and Switzerland.
E-cigarette startup Juul Labs Inc. said it is shutting down its Facebook and Instagram accounts and curbing its use of other social media in the U.S., part of the company’s response to the Food and Drug Administration’s call for changes to curb underage e-cigarette use. Sales of Juul’s vaporizers and flavored nicotine liquids have surged over the past year, fueled in part by the product’s popularity among teenagers and children. Its rapid growth was helped by the San Francisco company’s use of social media to advertise its products as well as by user-generated posts that glamorized Juul.
Juul Labs Inc, the U.S. market leader for electronic cigarettes, said on Tuesday it will pull popular flavors such as mango, cucumber and fruit from retail store shelves in an effort to reduce surging teenage use of its products. The move comes as Juul and other e-cigarette makers have faced heightened scrutiny from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amid a sharp increase by high school students in use of the devices, which look like a USB flash drive and vaporize a flavored liquid containing nicotine. Juul said it will stop selling flavors except for tobacco, mint and menthol in all retail outlets, including convenience stores and vape shops, until retailers can install technology that scans buyers' IDs to independently verify they are aged 21 or older.
The Food and Drug Administration is set on introducing restrictions on the sale of electronic cigarettes, including prohibiting most flavored products in convenience stores and gas stations, The Washington Post reported Nov. 8. The Wall Street Journal followed up with its own report Friday that said the FDA could propose a ban on menthol cigarettes.
The move comes as Juul and other e-cigarette makers have faced heightened scrutiny from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amid a sharp increase in high school use of the devices, which look like a USB flash drive and vaporize a flavoured liquid containing nicotine.
Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday: Coty Inc., up 16 cents to $8.65 The struggling cosmetics company named a new CEO and chairman. Athenahealth Inc., up $11.62 to $131.97 The struggling ...
Stocks fell, the dollar rose and domestic oil prices slipped for the eleventh consecutive day, marking the longest losing streak on record.
European shares were lower on Monday led by a sell-off in technology stocks after earnings and M&A news from German heavyweights Infineon and SAP, and tobacco was hit by new signs of U.S. regulators tightening the screws on menthol cigarettes. News that Banca Carige has around 400 million euros to plug a hole in its capital base also underscored concerns about the health of the banking sector in the 3rd largest euro zone economy. Technology stocks, among the worst hit by sell-offs in past weeks, were the biggest sectoral fallers, down 3.7 percent.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb plans to announce this week the agency will move forward with a ban on menthol cigarettes, senior FDA officials told CNBC last week. British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands and Altria shares fell Monday. Tobacco stocks slid Monday as investors feared the consequences of a possible ban on menthol cigarettes, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to propose this week.