Altria Group ( MO ) 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 ( PM ) and British American Tobacco Industries, p.l.c. ( BTI ). 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%.
For more information on the declaration, record and payment dates, visit the MO Dividend History page.
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 ( IYK )
- Select Sector SPDR Fund - Consumer Staples ( XLP )
- Columbia Concentrated Large Cap Value Strategy Fund ( GVT )
- iShares High Dividend Equity Fund ( HDV )
- WisdomTree High-Yielding Equity Fund ( DHS ).
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%.