3 Reasons to Buy Altria Today

For investors to make educated investment decisions about their portfolios, they need to understand both the bear and bull side of each stock they own. In an effort to help, we're providing three reasons to both buy and sell some of the markets hottest stocks for your consideration.

Up today is Altria (NYSE: MO  ) , and three reasons to consider buying. At the top of the list is this company's dominant position in the industry. With the Marlboro brand under lock and key, the domestic tobacco sector is essentially Altria's sandbox for competitors to try to access. They company also pays a hefty dividend and has an impressive portfolio of non-tobacco products, as well as a large and widely unknown stake in SABMiller

While big growth may be behind the company, that doesn't mean it doesn't have big levers to pull to reward shareholders for years to come.

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  • Report this Comment On August 04, 2012, at 4:14 PM, runningoutofcash wrote:

    - Pays 5%+ dividend : Anticipate Dividend Hike on Aug 24th.

    - 2 billion float. 75% large house investors...rest (500m) for trading.

    - Tremendous Short Volume : 50m.. forsee Short-covering ; as this trends Higher.

    - 25% stake in SABMiller(2nd largest beer company in the world)...may unload its stake..just as "STZ-constellation brands" sold out their Corono-Beer Stake to "BUD" and stz-stock popped higher on the news.

    - Announced ok : with EPS for the rest of the year..no suprises...

    - can increase price of "cigs" and cash-in more income...as volume remains the same.

    - no bearing on the Europe / Euro Turmoil.

    - My Saying : this will be over $40 by End-of-year.

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