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As Altria Group (MO) Shares Declined, Holder Lvw Advisors Has Decreased Holding; Alpine Investment Management Has Increased Its Vodafone Group Plc New (VOD) Position

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Lvw Advisors Llc decreased its stake in Altria Group Inc (MO) by 28.4% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Lvw Advisors Llc sold 22,277 shares as the company’s stock declined 14.98% with the market. The institutional investor held 56,171 shares of the farming and seeds and milling company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $3.50 million, down from 78,448 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Lvw Advisors Llc who had been investing in Altria Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $108.02 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.58% or $0.33 during the last trading session, reaching $57.02. About 7.58 million shares traded. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) has declined 24.97% since June 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 37.54% the S&P500. Some Historical MO News: 09/04/2018 – Fitch Sees Altria as Well-Positioned Through Its Licensing Agreement With Philip Morris; 17/05/2018 – ALTRIA GROUP INC – ALTRIA REAFFIRMS FULL-YEAR 2018 EARNINGS GUIDANCE; 20/03/2018 – ALTRIA UNIT SUBMITS MODIFIED RISK TOBACCO PDT APPLICATION; 17/05/2018 – ALTRIA CEO: EXPECT VOLUMES TO IMPROVE IN THE BACK HALF OF ’18; 26/04/2018 – Altria 1Q Marlboro Retail Share 43.2%; 26/04/2018 – Altria 1Q Net $1.89B; 15/03/2018 – FDA seeks research, public input in fresh move to curb nicotine addiction; 09/04/2018 – Fitch Affirms Altria’s IDR at ‘A-‘; Outlook Stable; 26/04/2018 – ALTRIA CEO: IQOS ROLLOUT PLAN IS READY UPON FDA APPROVAL; 26/04/2018 – Altria 1Q Smokeable Products Segment Rev $5.41B

Alpine Investment Management Llc increased its stake in Vodafone Group Plc New (VOD) by 8.86% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Alpine Investment Management Llc bought 339,084 shares as the company’s stock declined 10.20% with the market. The hedge fund held 4.17 million shares of the telecommunications equipment company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $115.88M, up from 3.83 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Alpine Investment Management Llc who had been investing in Vodafone Group Plc New for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $66.54B market cap company. The stock increased 1.63% or $0.4 during the last trading session, reaching $24.87. About 2.55M shares traded. Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) has declined 12.54% since June 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 25.11% the S&P500. Some Historical VOD News: 25/04/2018 – Vodafone’s Indus Towers to Merger with Bharti Infratel; 22/03/2018 – BALESH SHARMA TO BE CEO OF IDEA-VODAFONE MERGED INDIA ENTITY; 15/05/2018 – Vodafone Group PLC FY Rev EUR46.57B; 09/05/2018 – Vodafone Group to Buy European Assetsfrom Liberty Global; 19/04/2018 – Telecom Paper: Competition Authority opposes Vodafone attempt at injunction on Altice/TVI deal; 05/04/2018 – Ofcom: Vodafone Won 50 MHz of 3.4 GHz Spectrum for GBP378.2 Mln; 03/05/2018 – VODAFONE EGYPT CEO FROMENT-CURTIL SPEAKS IN CAIRO; 07/05/2018 – DELHI COURT REFUSES TO STOP VODAFONE NEW TAX ARBITRATION IN UK; 10/05/2018 – Fitch Affirms Vodafone at ‘BBB+’/Stable on Announced Liberty Global Transaction; 02/05/2018 – ITV: TalkTalk, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile poor performers in customer service

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.73 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.20, from 0.93 in 2017Q4. It dived, as 88 investors sold MO shares while 562 reduced holdings. 100 funds opened positions while 372 raised stakes. 1.16 billion shares or 0.04% more from 1.16 billion shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Haverford Tru stated it has 0.55% in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Lombard Odier Asset Management (Switzerland) owns 5,701 shares. Interocean Cap Ltd Liability Co holds 0.07% or 8,030 shares in its portfolio. Budros Ruhlin Roe has invested 0.08% in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). M&T Financial Bank has invested 0.44% of its portfolio in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Arvest State Bank Tru Division has 0.02% invested in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) for 3,727 shares. 37,226 are held by Investors Asset Mngmt Of Georgia Ga Adv. Bahl & Gaynor Inc has invested 1.34% in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Smith Moore invested in 0.29% or 17,320 shares. Badgley Phelps & Bell accumulated 5,016 shares. Peoples Serv Corp has invested 0.35% in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO). Orrstown Fincl Services stated it has 3,487 shares. Pub Employees Retirement Systems Of Ohio owns 1.32 million shares or 0.43% of their US portfolio. Fukoku Mutual Life Ins reported 204,200 shares. Alesco Advisors Ltd Liability Co reported 4,412 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings.

Analysts await Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) to report earnings on July, 26. They expect $1.01 EPS, up 18.82% or $0.16 from last year’s $0.85 per share. MO’s profit will be $1.91 billion for 14.11 P/E if the $1.01 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.95 actual EPS reported by Altria Group, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 6.32% EPS growth.

Among 20 analysts covering Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 80% are positive. Altria Group Inc. had 65 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Citigroup maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, October 30 report. The firm has “Buy” rating by Citigroup given on Tuesday, September 13. Cowen & Co maintained it with “Buy” rating and $72.0 target in Thursday, October 26 report. RBC Capital Markets maintained Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) on Monday, February 5 with “Hold” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, September 8 by Cowen & Co. The stock of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) earned “Equal Weight” rating by Barclays Capital on Thursday, March 30. The stock of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, March 24 by Bank of America. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) rating on Monday, June 27. Stifel Nicolaus has “Buy” rating and $71 target. On Thursday, July 27 the stock rating was maintained by Cowen & Co with “Hold”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, July 27 by Piper Jaffray.

Lvw Advisors Llc, which manages about $2.12B and $322.19M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 13,086 shares to 56,964 shares, valued at $9.56M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) by 2,574 shares in the quarter, for a total of 4,536 shares, and has risen its stake in Ishares Tr (IWM).

More notable recent Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Altria – A $62 Discount Cash Flow Valuation” on May 31, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “Smoking Hot Dividend Hike Coming From Altria” published on June 22, 2018, Fool.com published: “Better Buy: Altria Group vs. Verizon” on June 17, 2018. More interesting news about Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Shares Of Altria Are A Buy” published on June 11, 2018 as well as Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Can Altria Survive US Government Regulations?” with publication date: May 29, 2018.

Since February 7, 2018, it had 1 insider purchase, and 4 sales for $1.52 million activity. On Wednesday, February 7 the insider Johnson Craig A. sold $995,734. Another trade for 3,200 shares valued at $199,488 was made by SURGNER W HILDEBRANDT JR on Friday, March 2. Another trade for 5,345 shares valued at $300,334 was made by Newman Mark on Monday, April 30. $216,154 worth of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) shares were sold by Quigley Brian W..

Among 11 analysts covering Vodafone Group PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD), 6 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 55% are positive. Vodafone Group PLC (ADR) had 20 analyst reports since October 19, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, April 4 by Citigroup. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, January 25 by Bank of America. Citigroup downgraded the stock to “Neutral” rating in Thursday, May 17 report. The stock has “Buy” rating by Raymond James on Wednesday, January 17. The company was upgraded on Wednesday, April 20 by Bank of America. The stock of Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) has “Overweight” rating given on Friday, December 8 by Barclays Capital. On Tuesday, January 10 the stock rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs to “Buy”. On Wednesday, August 9 the stock rating was upgraded by Bank of America to “Buy”. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Macquarie Research on Monday, June 13. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, June 13 by Argus Research.

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