Altria Group, Inc.
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  • Tue, Feb. 2, 9:00 AM
    • January monthly performance was: -4.6%
    • AUM of $539M
    • 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: -1%
    • $0.02 in dividends were paid in January
    • Top 10 Holdings as of 12/31/2015: Coca-Cola Co (KO): 4.05%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT): 3.61%, Apple Inc (AAPL): 3.27%, Altria Group Inc (MO): 3.17%, AbbVie Inc (ABBV): 2.84%, International Business Machines Corp (IBM): 2.21%, McDonald's Corp (MCD): 2.01%, Intel Corp (INTC): 1.95%, Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO): 1.9%, Home Depot Inc (HD): 1.84%
    | Tue, Feb. 2, 9:00 AM | 1 Comment
  • Fri, Jan. 29, 5:47 PM
    • The best-performing U.S. stock over the past 30 years is one that few have heard of: Balchem (NASDAQ:BCPC), a New York-based maker of flavorings, fumigating gases and nutritional additives for animal feed.
    • Since the end of 1985, Balchem has gained an average of 26.2%/year - a total gain of 107,099% - vs.10.3% for the S&P 500.
    • But with flattening profitability and shares at a lavish 27x earnings, Balchem looks expensive for now, WSJ's Jason Zweig writes.
    • Over the past 30 years, 44 U.S. stocks generated cumulative total returns of 10,000% or more; the 10 behind Balchem are HD, AMGN, NKE, UNH, DHR, OTCPK:ATCD, KSU, JKHY, AAPL and MO.
    | Fri, Jan. 29, 5:47 PM | 36 Comments
  • Thu, Jan. 28, 7:20 AM
    • Altrai (NYSE:MO) reports cigarette volume fell 2.6% to 30.514M sticks in Q4. Total cigarette market share rose 50 bps to 51.4%.
    • Marlboro volume was down 3.1%, while the brand's market share gained 20 bps to 44%.
    • Guidance: The company expects 2016 EPS of $3.00 to $3.05. The figure will change if the Anheuser-Busch InBev-SABMiller merger is finalized. Capex spending of $140M to $180M for the year is anticipated.
    • Previously: Altria misses by $0.01, misses on revenue (Jan. 28 2016)
    | Thu, Jan. 28, 7:20 AM
  • Thu, Jan. 28, 7:09 AM
    • Altria (NYSE:MO): Q4 EPS of $0.67 misses by $0.01.
    • Revenue of $4.73B (+2.6% Y/Y) misses by $10M.
    • Shares +0.05% PM.
    • Press Release
    | Thu, Jan. 28, 7:09 AM | 13 Comments
  • Wed, Jan. 27, 5:30 PM
    | Wed, Jan. 27, 5:30 PM | 18 Comments
  • Mon, Jan. 25, 12:00 PM
    • Tobacco stocks and soft drinks names are mild outperformers on the day.
    • Despite soft consumer spending trends, some retail analysts think 2016 sales for beer, cigarettes, and soft drinks will pick up in the U.S. as gas prices remain at low levels.
    • Gainers today on a down market day include Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS +1%), PepsiCo (PEP +0.7%), Coca-Cola (KO +0.7%), Coca-Cola Bottling Company (COKE +2.6%), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE +1.1%), Reynolds American (RAI +1.7%), Altrai (MO +1%), Philip Morris (PM +0.5%), and Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD +0.7%).
    • Speculation that anti-soda and cigarette advocate Michael Bloomberg might run for president doesn't appear to be creating even a ripple of worry.
    • Previously: Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering running for president (Jan. 23 2016)
    | Mon, Jan. 25, 12:00 PM | 26 Comments
  • Mon, Jan. 4, 9:03 AM
    • December monthly performance was: -1.18%
    • AUM of $580M
    • 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: -1%
    • $0.10 in dividends were paid in December
    • Top 10 Holdings as of 11/30/2015: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 4.98%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT): 4.49%, Apple Inc (AAPL): 4.18%, Altria Group Inc (MO): 3.37%, McDonald's Corp (MCD): 2.94%, PepsiCo Inc (PEP): 2.93%, Home Depot Inc (HD): 2.4%, Intel Corp (INTC): 2.31%, International Business Machines Corp (IBM): 2.02%, AbbVie Inc (ABBV): 1.96%
    | Mon, Jan. 4, 9:03 AM | 2 Comments
  • Dec. 23, 2015, 5:18 AM
    • The European Court of Justice has issued a preliminary ruling against Philip Morris (NYSE:PM) and British American Tobacco (NYSEMKT:BTI), stating that the EU Tobacco Products Directive of 2014 is valid.
    • The law, which comes into force in 2016, requires pictorial health warnings across 65% of tobacco packets, a ban on menthol cigarettes by 2020, and preserves the right of member states to introduce "plain packaging" rules.
    • The news is a heavy blow to Big Tobacco, although the court still has to deliver a final ruling.
    | Dec. 23, 2015, 5:18 AM | 94 Comments
  • Dec. 9, 2015, 11:39 AM
    • Altria (NYSE:MO) declares $0.565/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 3.89%
    • Payable Jan. 11; for shareholders of record Dec. 24; ex-div Dec. 22.
    | Dec. 9, 2015, 11:39 AM | 23 Comments
  • Dec. 9, 2015, 10:06 AM
    | Dec. 9, 2015, 10:06 AM | 55 Comments
  • Dec. 4, 2015, 1:37 PM
    • Investors are buying back into consumer staples and consumer discretionary names, while tip-toeing around major chains such as Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and Macy's. Some sin stocks are part of the rally.
    • Lower oil prices, today's read on U.S. employment, and a few key earnings report have helped to increase confidence that consumers will spend more on low-priced items. Notable movers by category are below.
    • Nondurable household products: Scott's Liquid Gold-Inc (OTCPK:SLGD +4.5%), Procter & Gamble (PG +2.5%), Church & Dwight (CHD +1.6%), Spectrum Brands (SPB +1.4%).
    • Toys/Video games: Electronic Arts (EA +4.6%), Mattel (MAT +4.3%), Activision Blizzard (ATVI +3.2%).
    • Tobacco: Reynolds America (RAI +3.1%), Altria (MO +2.5%).
    • Beverages: Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF.A) +3.2%, Constellation Brands (STZ +2.8%), Coca-Cola (KO +2.3%), PepsiCo (PEP +2%).
    • Footwear: Nike (NKE +2.6%), Skechers (SKX +1.9%), Wolverine Worldwide (WWW +2.2%).
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    | Dec. 4, 2015, 1:37 PM | 15 Comments
  • Dec. 1, 2015, 9:27 AM
    • November monthly performance was: +0.59%
    • AUM of $607M
    • 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: -1%
    • $0.06 in dividends were paid in November
    • Top 10 Holdings as of 10/30/2015: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 5.02%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT): 4.33%, Apple Inc (AAPL): 4.2%, Altria Group Inc (MO): 3.52%, PepsiCo Inc (PEP): 2.97%, McDonald's Corp (MCD): 2.88%, Intel Corp (INTC): 2.24%, Home Depot Inc (HD): 2.2%, International Business Machines Corp (IBM): 2.03%, AbbVie Inc (ABBV): 2.0%
    | Dec. 1, 2015, 9:27 AM
  • Nov. 18, 2015, 7:22 AM
    | Nov. 18, 2015, 7:22 AM | 24 Comments
  • Nov. 11, 2015, 7:03 AM
    • Altria (NYSE:MO) announces support for the merger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller.
    • The company expects to receive a 10.5% stake in the new combined beer company and receive $2.5B in cash. Altra is also likely to land two board seats.
    • Previously: AB InBev, SABMiller seal MegaBrew deal (Nov. 11 2015)
    | Nov. 11, 2015, 7:03 AM | 27 Comments
  • Nov. 11, 2015, 3:52 AM
    • AB InBev (NYSE:BUD) has submitted a formal offer to buy SABMiller (OTCPK:SBMRY) for £69.78B ($105.5B), a deal that creates a brewing behemoth and one of the largest mergers in corporate history.
    • Under terms of the agreement, SABMiller will sell a 58% stake in its MillerCoors joint venture to partner Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP) for $12B.
    • A combined AB Inbev/SABMiller would have controlled close to 70% of the U.S. beer market, so the sale of the U.S. division was seen as a concession to competition authorities.
    | Nov. 11, 2015, 3:52 AM | 17 Comments
  • Nov. 4, 2015, 10:59 AM
    • Shares of Altria (NYSE:MO) are on watch after the Illinois Supreme Court issued a ruling on an appeal made by the company in a $10B case. The action appears to put the case on hold again.
    • "We therefore vacate the judgments of the lower courts and dismiss this cause of action without prejudice to plaintiffs to file a motion to recall the mandate in this court," reads the ruling.
    • Illinois Supreme Court opinion (.pdf) filed this morning.
    | Nov. 4, 2015, 10:59 AM | 23 Comments
Company Description
Altria Group Inc` through its subsidiaries manufactures and sells cigarettes, other tobacco products, machine-made large cigars and pipe tobacco. It also maintains a portfolio of leveraged and direct finance leases.
Industry: Cigarettes
Country: United States