Altria Group, Inc.
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  • Jul. 12, 2013, 6:57 AM
    The British government delays a decision on plain packaging of cigarettes in order to evaluate how a similar measure impacts smoking rates in Australia. Tobacco companies (MO, PM, LO, RAI, BTI, ITYBY.PK, BTI) have been a facing a heightened round of scrutiny over the last few months that has reset some revenue expectations.
    | Jul. 12, 2013, 6:57 AM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 11, 2013, 7:22 AM

    The European Parliament approves a ban on some tobacco products and sharp restrictions on others in fresh legislation. Flavored cigarettes are a particular focus of the sweeping new rules. Tobacco companies (MO, PM, LO, RAI, BTI, ITYBY.PK, BTI) have had plenty of warnings that crackdowns in Europe and the U.S. were coming for traditional cigarette products, but the increase of scrutiny on electronic cigarettes has been a surprise.

    | Jul. 11, 2013, 7:22 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 9, 2013, 8:41 AM

    Tobacco companies could benefit from a computer systems glitch that will limit the penalties insurance companies can charge to smokers. The impact on the tobacco industry (MO, LO, RAI, BTI) of the sky-high cost of insurance for smokers under the new health care laws has been hotly debated with some analysts predicting smoking rates will go fall further and others seeing oversight tough to manage.

    | Jul. 9, 2013, 8:41 AM
  • Jun. 18, 2013, 3:14 PM

    Smoking rates in the U.S. dipped even lower than expected, according to data released by the CDC. Last year, only 18% of adults in the U.S. identified themselves as smokers after the rate stalled around the 20% to 21% range for a seven-year period. The news isn't a shock for Big Tobacco (MO, LO, RAI, BTI) which has been pitching the case that electronic cigarettes will be a billion-dollar business.

    | Jun. 18, 2013, 3:14 PM | 5 Comments
  • Jun. 13, 2013, 8:15 AM

    Tobacco companies (MO, PM, LO, RAI, BTI, ITYBY.PK) think they have the answer to where to find revenue growth with the advent of electronic cigarettes across the world, even as regulators struggle with the concept of if "safer" products are tolerable enough to allow the devices to work as a gateway to reducing nicotine addiction. If the future of e-cigarettes is as bright as tobacco players make it out to be, Pfizer (PFE) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) could see demand for their own nicotine addiction products turn lower.

    | Jun. 13, 2013, 8:15 AM
  • Jun. 12, 2013, 8:36 AM

    Britain plans to regulate electronic cigarettes as a non-prescription medicine beginning in 2016 in a move that will increase the focus on the safety of the products. While tobacco companies have been hailing e-cigarettes as an explosive revenue channel, some countries such as Brazil, Norway, and Singapore have been putting out the stubs on the burgeoning industry. E-cig sellers: Lorillard (LO), British American Tobacco (BTI), Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY.PK), Reynolds American (RAI), Altria (MO).

    | Jun. 12, 2013, 8:36 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 11, 2013, 8:41 AM

    Altria (MO) will jump into the e-cigarette business with products to be launched under the MarkTen brand. The capitulation of sorts by Altria to sell the battery-powered devices means that all the major tobacco companies are now in the business.

    | Jun. 11, 2013, 8:41 AM | 4 Comments
  • May 29, 2013, 12:46 PM
    Tobacco stocks trade lower as higher Treasury yields are taking just a bit of the shine off the group as a good dividend income play. Decliners: Altra (MO) -2.1%, Reynold American (RAI) -2.2%, Lorillard (LO) -2%; Vector Group (VGR) -1.7%, Philip Morris (MO) -1.8%, British American Tobacco -2.3%.
    | May 29, 2013, 12:46 PM | 5 Comments
  • May 6, 2013, 7:35 AM
    Cuba files a legal challenge with the WTO over tobacco packaging laws passed last year in Australia. The nation's first foray into WTO litigation follows similar actions by Ukraine, Honduras and Dominican Republic over the restrictive marketing polices set by Australia for the tobacco industry. Legal squabbling in the WTO can last for years, which could help sellers such as Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY.PK), British American Tobacco (BTI), Reynolds American (RAI), Lorillard (LO), Altria (MO), and Philip Morris (PM) from seeing the plain-packaging laws hop around the globe.
    | May 6, 2013, 7:35 AM | 2 Comments
  • May 1, 2013, 6:56 AM
    Tobacco stocks looks ripe for more gains, thinks money manager L.A. Little. It's a case of more of the same in the sector as the cash-rich companies continue to pump out healthy dividends to attract yield-hungry funds. The usual suspects (MO, PM, BTI, RAI, LO) in the sector look to be steady performers while sleepers include Vector Group (VGR) and Universal Corporation (UVV).
    | May 1, 2013, 6:56 AM | 7 Comments
  • Apr. 25, 2013, 11:36 AM

    Altria (MO +0.5%) plans to enter the e-cigarette market later in 2013 as it looks to catch up with rivals that have entered the market over the last few years. Though the e-cigarette category has seen sales increase rapidly - possibly cannibalizing traditional tobacco sales - the risk of FDA regulations weighs on assumptions for future growth. (Previous on Altria earnings: I, II)

    | Apr. 25, 2013, 11:36 AM | 3 Comments
  • Apr. 25, 2013, 9:00 AM

    Shares of Altria (MO) move up 1% premarket after the the cigarette maker shows a gain in market share and profitability in Q1. Though overall cigarette shipments were down again, the company made some progress with discount brands and smokeless products. Naturally, buybacks are again a focus with Altria highlighting a new $300M share repurchase program. (PR)

    | Apr. 25, 2013, 9:00 AM | 3 Comments
  • Apr. 25, 2013, 7:04 AM
    Altria (MO): Q1 EPS of $0.54 beats by $0.01. Revenue of $5.52B (-2.1% Y/Y) beats by $1.48B. (PR)
    | Apr. 25, 2013, 7:04 AM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 25, 2013, 12:05 AM

    Notable earnings before Thursday’s open: ABC, AIXG, ALK, ALXN, AME, ASPS, AVT, AZN, BC, BG, BIIB, BLL, BMS, BMY, BSX, BWA, CAB, CAM, CCE, CELG, CFX, CL, CMS, CNX, COP, CRR, CSH, D, DAN, DLX, DNKN, DO, DOW, DST, EQT, ESI, ETR, FAF, GPK, GTI, GTLS, HERO, HOG, HP, HSY, IDCC, IMAX, JBLU, KKR, KMT, LEA, LINE, LKQ, LLL, LUV, LVLT, MDP, MJN, MMM, MO, NBL, NLSN, NMM, NYT, O, ODFL, ORI, OXY, PCS, PDS, PH, PHM, POT, PRLB, PTEN, PVR, RCL, RDWR, RRD, RS, RTN, RYN, SCG, SIAL, SUI, SWK, SWY, TASR, TSRA, TWC, UAL, UPS, UTHR, WBC, XOM, YNDX, ZMH

    | Apr. 25, 2013, 12:05 AM
  • Apr. 24, 2013, 5:30 PM

    Notable earnings before Thursday’s open: ABC, AIXG, ALK, ALXN, AME, ASPS, AVT, AZN, BC, BG, BIIB, BLL, BMS, BMY, BSX, BWA, CAB, CAM, CCE, CELG, CFX, CL, CMS, CNX, COP, CRR, CSH, D, DAN, DLX, DNKN, DO, DOW, DST, EQT, ESI, ETR, FAF, GPK, GTI, GTLS, HERO, HOG, HP, HSY, IDCC, IMAX, JBLU, KKR, KMT, LEA, LINE, LKQ, LLL, LUV, LVLT, MDP, MJN, MMM, MO, NBL, NLSN, NMM, NYT, O, ODFL, ORI, OXY, PCS, PDS, PH, PHM, POT, PRLB, PTEN, PVR, RCL, RDWR, RRD, RS, RTN, RYN, SCG, SIAL, SUI, SWK, SWY, TASR, TSRA, TWC, UAL, UPS, UTHR, WBC, XOM, YNDX, ZMH

    | Apr. 24, 2013, 5:30 PM
  • Apr. 22, 2013, 10:34 AM

    Tobacco companies (LO, RAI, MO) are dealt a blow after the Supreme Court rejects a first amendment challenge from the group to a 2009 law that restricts how they can market cigarette products. The high court left in place a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

    | Apr. 22, 2013, 10:34 AM
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