Shares of British American Tobacco PLC (NYSE:BTI) have been given an average broker rating score of 1.40 (Strong Buy) from the five brokers that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have given a strong buy recommendation to the company. British American Tobacco PLC’s rating score has declined by 5.3% in the last 90 days as a result of a number of analysts’ ratings changes.

Analysts have set a 12 month consensus target price of $78.90 for the company, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned British American Tobacco PLC an industry rank of 175 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of brokerages have commented on BTI. Zacks Investment Research cut British American Tobacco PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 16th. Piper Jaffray Companies began coverage on British American Tobacco PLC in a report on Thursday, May 25th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $59.00 target price for the company. Finally, Exane BNP Paribas raised British American Tobacco PLC to an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 6th.

British American Tobacco PLC (NYSE BTI) traded down 1.29% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $67.28. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,825,284 shares. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $70.96 and its 200-day moving average is $82.95. The company has a market cap of $125.09 billion and a PE ratio of 21.30. British American Tobacco PLC has a 12-month low of $61.32 and a 12-month high of $131.34.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in British American Tobacco PLC stock. United States Steel & Carnegie Pension Fund increased its stake in shares of British American Tobacco PLC (NYSE:BTI) by 320.6% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 636,400 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 485,100 shares during the period. United States Steel & Carnegie Pension Fund’s holdings in British American Tobacco PLC were worth $42,206,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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About British American Tobacco PLC

British American Tobacco p.l.c. is a tobacco and next generation products company. The Company’s tobacco product range includes cigarettes, fine cut (roll-your-own and make-your-own tobacco) and Swedish-style snus. Its segments include Asia-Pacific, Americas, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA).

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