British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS) has been given a GBX 5,500 ($68.07) price target by equities research analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in a report released on Friday. The firm presently has a a “buy” rating on the stock. Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s price objective indicates a potential upside of 12.66% from the company’s previous close.

A number of other research analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. Credit Suisse Group AG raised their target price on shares of British American Tobacco plc from GBX 4,700 ($58.17) to GBX 5,000 ($61.88) and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, July 4th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and issued a GBX 5,220 ($64.60) target price on shares of British American Tobacco plc in a research report on Thursday, October 6th. Berenberg Bank raised their target price on shares of British American Tobacco plc from GBX 4,840 ($59.90) to GBX 4,900 ($60.64) and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, August 1st. BNP Paribas reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a GBX 5,000 ($61.88) target price on shares of British American Tobacco plc in a research report on Friday, July 8th. Finally, Societe Generale downgraded shares of British American Tobacco plc to a “hold” rating and raised their target price for the company from GBX 4,700 ($58.17) to GBX 5,200 ($64.36) in a research report on Friday, August 19th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of GBX 4,903.15 ($60.68).

Analyst Recommendations for British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS)

British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS) opened at 4875.50 on Friday. British American Tobacco plc has a 12-month low of GBX 3,536.00 and a 12-month high of GBX 5,135.00. The stock’s 50 day moving average is GBX 4,826.42 and its 200 day moving average is GBX 4,536.16. The company’s market cap is GBX 90.59 billion.

The company also recently announced a dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 28th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 18th were issued a GBX 51.30 ($0.63) dividend. This represents a yield of 1.07%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, August 18th.

In other British American Tobacco plc news, insider Jack Bowles sold 511 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 4,840 ($59.90), for a total value of £24,732.40 ($30,609.41). Also, insider Helmes,Marion bought 900 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 1st. The stock was purchased at an average cost of GBX 4,758 ($58.89) per share, for a total transaction of £42,822 ($52,997.52).

British American Tobacco plc Company Profile

British American Tobacco p.l.c. is a tobacco company. The Company is engaged in manufacturing and marketing cigarettes and other tobacco products. Its segments include Asia-Pacific, Americas, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA). The Company’s brands include Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans.

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