Why Altria Is Poised to Outperform

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, tobacco giant Altria (NYSE: MO  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Altria and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Altria facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Richmond, Va. (1919)

Market Cap

$69.5 billion

Industry

Tobacco

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$17.5 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Martin Barrington

President/COO David Beran

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)

25.2%

Cash/Debt

$2.9 billion/$13.9 billion

Dividend Yield

5.1%

Competitors

Lorillard 

Reynolds American 

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 8,967 members who have rated Altria believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this year, one of those Fools, brenoboyle, succinctly summed up the Altria bull case for our community:

Excellent dividend yield, pricing power has led to consistent shareholder returns over time. Most attractively priced relative to peers and 27% voting interest in SABMiller that the market does not seem to be giving credit for.

Altria has been the best-performing stock of the past 50 years, but as the number of smokers in the U.S. continues to steadily decline, is Altria still a buy today? To find out whether everyone's love-to-hate dividend stock is a savvy investment choice or a hazard to your portfolio, simply click here now for access to The Motley Fool's new premium research report on the company.

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