MO - Altria Group, Inc.

NYSE - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
48.98
+0.24 (+0.49%)
As of 12:40PM EST. Market open.
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Previous Close48.74
Open48.82
Bid49.00 x 1800
Ask49.01 x 800
Day's Range48.37 - 49.08
52 Week Range42.40 - 66.53
Volume3,818,839
Avg. Volume12,749,121
Market Cap91.791B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.23
PE Ratio (TTM)13.31
EPS (TTM)3.68
Earnings DateApr 24, 2019 - Apr 29, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield3.20 (6.51%)
Ex-Dividend Date2018-12-24
1y Target Est56.80
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