Shares of British American Tobacco PLC (NYSEMKT:BTI) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the ten brokerages that are covering the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $114.00.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Investec raised shares of British American Tobacco PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 8th. Cowen and Company initiated coverage on shares of British American Tobacco PLC in a research report on Thursday, August 25th. They issued a “market perform” rating on the stock. Finally, Societe Generale downgraded shares of British American Tobacco PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. purchased a new stake in shares of British American Tobacco PLC during the first quarter valued at approximately $241,000. BB&T Securities LLC increased its stake in shares of British American Tobacco PLC by 0.9% in the first quarter. BB&T Securities LLC now owns 27,043 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,161,000 after buying an additional 235 shares in the last quarter. OLD Mission Capital LLC increased its stake in shares of British American Tobacco PLC by 74.5% in the first quarter. OLD Mission Capital LLC now owns 141,786 shares of the company’s stock valued at $16,576,000 after buying an additional 60,526 shares in the last quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP increased its stake in shares of British American Tobacco PLC by 0.5% in the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 326,842 shares of the company’s stock valued at $38,211,000 after buying an additional 1,500 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its stake in shares of British American Tobacco PLC by 11.4% in the first quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 678,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $79,288,000 after buying an additional 69,500 shares in the last quarter.

Shares of British American Tobacco PLC (NYSEMKT:BTI) traded down 1.18% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $118.00. 187,981 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company has a market capitalization of $109.62 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.04 and a beta of 0.95. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $125.03 and a 200-day moving average price of $123.68. British American Tobacco PLC has a 52 week low of $99.81 and a 52 week high of $131.34.

About British American Tobacco PLC

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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