British American Tobacco (BTI) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Shows

News stories about British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. British American Tobacco earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 45.543565461217 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

A number of analysts have commented on BTI shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded British American Tobacco from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Citigroup lowered British American Tobacco from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th. Finally, Piper Jaffray lowered British American Tobacco from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 1st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. British American Tobacco presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $79.00.

Shares of British American Tobacco opened at $51.50 on Monday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72, a quick ratio of 0.52 and a current ratio of 0.90. British American Tobacco has a 1 year low of $50.82 and a 1 year high of $73.41.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, November 20th. Stockholders of record on Friday, October 5th will be given a $0.6792 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 4th. This represents a $2.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.28%. British American Tobacco’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 54.62%.

About British American Tobacco

British American Tobacco p.l.c. provides cigarettes and other tobacco products worldwide. It manufactures vapour and tobacco heating products; oral tobacco and nicotine products, such as snus and moist snuff; cigars; and e-cigarettes. The company offers its products under the Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Rothmans, Vogue, Viceroy, Kool, Peter Stuyvesant, Craven A, Benson & Hedges, John Player Gold Leaf, State Express 555, and Shuang Xi brands.

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