Stock of Altria Group (MO) Recommended as a Hold

Currently, Altria Group (NYSE:MO) has a Hold using Louis Navellier's investing methods and his Portfolio Grader stock evaluator. This represents no change from the previous week and is the same ranking MO has had from Portfolio Grader for 2 months.

The company is a $122.0 billion in market value constituent of the Tobacco GICS industry group where MO's current Portfolio Grader score places it 6 within the 8 companies in this industry group. MO is ranked in the third quartile of the sector with a ranking of 90 among the 168 companies in the sector of its Consumer Staples sector and 2,962 in the Portfolio Grader company universe.

Portfolio Grader currently ranks the Consumer Staples sector number 9 among the 12 sectors in its universe putting it in the bottom quartile of all the GICS sectors. The Tobacco industry group is ranked 28 among the 69 industry groups within the GICS sectors, placing it near the average in terms of the Navellier scoring system.

Within the Portfolio Grader stock ranking system Altria Group has achieved above-average scores in 3 of the 8 fundamental metrics used by Portfolio Grader and average or below-average scores in 5 of the areas evaluated in the ranking of company stocks.

MO's operational scores provide mixed results with rankings for operating margin and earnings growth that are above average, while the score for sales growth is below average. Scores for visibility of earnings are a source of great concern with a ranking for earnings revisions, earnings surprises and earnings momentum that are worse than average. MO's score for return on equity is decidedly better than its industry group average but its grade for cash flow is below-average. These fundamental scores give Altria Group a position in the top half of the industry group.

The Navellier Proprietary Quantitative Score is used by Portfolio Grader to measure MO's shares from the angle of risk/reward. This proprietary scoring methodology weighs the relative value of MO's shares based on the current price of the shares relative to its peers, the market and risk associated with its industry and sector groups. Using this risk/reward calculation, the company currently scores below-average in its industry group compared to its peers.

Louis Navellier's proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results, with A being 'strong buy' and F being 'strong sell'. Explore the tool here.

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