Altria Group (
) has announced an ex-dividend date of December 21, 2012 and a cash
dividend payment of $0.44 per share scheduled for January 10, 2013.
Shareholders who purchased MO stock prior to the ex-dividend date
are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an
7.32% increase over the same period a year ago. At the current
stock price of $32.59, the dividend yield is 5.4%.
The previous trading day's last sale of MO was $32.59,
representing a -10.2% decrease from the 52 week high of $36.29 and
a 16.39% increase over the 52 week low of $28.
MO is a part of the Consumer Non-Durables sector, which includes
companies such as Philip Morris International Inc (
) and British American Tobacco Industries, p.l.c. (
). MO's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's
profitability, is $1.81. Zacks Investment Research reports MO's
forecasted earnings growth in 2012 as 7.58%, compared to an
industry average of 4.4%.
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Interested in gaining exposure to MO through an Exchange
Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have MO as a top-10 holding:
- iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Goods Index Fund (
- Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Staples (
- Columbia Concentrated Large Cap Value Strategy Fund (
- iShares High Dividend Equity Fund (
- WisdomTree High-Yielding Equity Fund (
The top-performing ETF of this group is GVT with an increase of
8.13% over the last 100 days. IYK has the highest percent weighting
of MO at 4.77%.