Altria Group ( MO ) will begin trading ex-dividend on March 22, 2019. A cash dividend payment of $0.8 per share is scheduled to be paid on April 30, 2019. Shareholders who purchased MO prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 3rd quarter that MO has paid the same dividend.
The previous trading day's last sale of MO was $55.72, representing a -15.63% decrease from the 52 week high of $66.04 and a 31.42% increase over the 52 week low of $42.40.
MO is a part of the Consumer Non-Durables sector, which includes companies such as Philip Morris International Inc ( PM ) and British American Tobacco p.l.c. ( BTI ). MO's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $3.68. Zacks Investment Research reports MO's forecasted earnings growth in 2019 as 5.55%, compared to an industry average of 5%.
Interested in gaining exposure to MO through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have MO as a top-10 holding:
- John Hancock Multifactor Consumer Staples ETF ( JHMS )
- iShares U.S. Consumer Goods ETF ( IYK )
- Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF ( VDC )
- SPDR Select Sector Fund - Consumer Staples ( XLP )
- SPDR MFS Systematic Growth Equity ETF ( SYG ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is IYK with an increase of 1.5% over the last 100 days. JHMS has the highest percent weighting of MO at 5.21%.
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