British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the eighteen brokerages that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is GBX 5,535.94 ($76.48).

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Berenberg Bank lifted their price objective on shares of British American Tobacco from GBX 5,500 ($75.99) to GBX 5,575 ($77.02) and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 6,000 ($82.90) price target on shares of British American Tobacco in a research report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Citigroup restated a “buy” rating on shares of British American Tobacco in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Royal Bank of Canada set a GBX 4,800 ($66.32) price target on British American Tobacco and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group set a GBX 5,500 ($75.99) price target on British American Tobacco and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, December 11th.

Shares of British American Tobacco (LON BATS) traded up GBX 12 ($0.17) on Tuesday, reaching GBX 4,273.50 ($59.04). The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,291,217 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,070,000. The company has a market cap of $98,020.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 336.76. British American Tobacco has a 1 year low of GBX 4,064 ($56.15) and a 1 year high of GBX 5,643.60 ($77.97).

The company also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 9th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 22nd will be paid a dividend of GBX 48.80 ($0.67) per share. This is an increase from British American Tobacco’s previous dividend of $43.60. This represents a yield of 1.09%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 22nd.

In other British American Tobacco news, insider Richard Burrows bought 4,000 shares of British American Tobacco stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 22nd. The stock was bought at an average cost of GBX 4,236 ($58.52) per share, with a total value of £169,440 ($234,097.82). Also, insider Ricardo Oberlander sold 6,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 5,000 ($69.08), for a total value of £300,000 ($414,479.14).

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British American Tobacco Company Profile

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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