British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds

Headlines about British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. British American Tobacco earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.3386673921255 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

Shares of British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) traded up $0.51 on Wednesday, hitting $65.46. The stock had a trading volume of 2,212,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,631,552. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.91, a current ratio of 0.87 and a quick ratio of 0.48. British American Tobacco has a 12 month low of $54.58 and a 12 month high of $73.41.

The company also recently announced a None dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, February 13th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be paid a $0.581 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. British American Tobacco’s dividend payout ratio is presently 73.44%.

BTI has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded British American Tobacco from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $73.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday. Jefferies Group set a $78.00 price objective on British American Tobacco and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, November 18th. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded British American Tobacco from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 9th. Cowen upgraded British American Tobacco from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co restated an “overweight” rating on shares of British American Tobacco in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $72.25.

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British American Tobacco Company Profile

British American Tobacco p.l.c. is a tobacco and next generation products company. The Company’s tobacco product range includes cigarettes, fine cut (roll-your-own and make-your-own tobacco) and Swedish-style snus. Its segments include Asia-Pacific, Americas, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA).

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