British American Tobacco (BTI) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Analysis Finds

News articles about British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. British American Tobacco earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 45.543565461217 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

NYSE BTI traded down $0.47 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $51.77. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,457,770 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,447,495. The stock has a market cap of $111,323.13, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.07, a PEG ratio of 1.51 and a beta of 1.06. British American Tobacco has a fifty-two week low of $50.82 and a fifty-two week high of $73.41. The company has a current ratio of 0.90, a quick ratio of 0.52 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, November 20th. Investors of record on Friday, October 5th will be paid a $0.6792 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 4th. This represents a $2.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.25%. British American Tobacco’s payout ratio is 54.89%.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on BTI shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of British American Tobacco from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Citigroup cut shares of British American Tobacco from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the stock. British American Tobacco currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $79.00.

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British American Tobacco Company Profile

British American Tobacco p.l.c. provides cigarettes and other tobacco products worldwide. It manufactures vapour and tobacco heating products; oral tobacco and nicotine products, such as snus and moist snuff; cigars; and e-cigarettes. The company offers its products under the Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Rothmans, Vogue, Viceroy, Kool, Peter Stuyvesant, Craven A, Benson & Hedges, John Player Gold Leaf, State Express 555, and Shuang Xi brands.

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