British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS) has earned an average rating of “Buy” from the sixteen analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and eleven have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 5,677.14 ($79.60).

Several research analysts have recently commented on BATS shares. Jefferies Group decreased their target price on British American Tobacco from GBX 6,100 ($85.53) to GBX 5,900 ($82.73) and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, November 17th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a GBX 5,610 ($78.66) target price on shares of British American Tobacco in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 6,000 ($84.13) target price on shares of British American Tobacco in a research report on Tuesday, November 21st. Citigroup reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of British American Tobacco in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, UBS Group set a GBX 5,800 ($81.32) target price on British American Tobacco and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, November 13th.

Shares of British American Tobacco (LON:BATS) traded up GBX 74 ($1.04) on Friday, hitting GBX 4,486.50 ($62.91). The stock had a trading volume of 2,304,615 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,940,000. The firm has a market cap of $102,620.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 1,976.43. British American Tobacco has a one year low of GBX 4,064 ($56.98) and a one year high of GBX 5,643.60 ($79.13).

The firm also recently announced a dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 28th were paid a dividend of GBX 43.60 ($0.61) per share. This represents a yield of 0.88%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 28th.

In other British American Tobacco news, insider Tadeu Marroco bought 2,980 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 17th. The shares were purchased at an average price of GBX 4,985 ($69.90) per share, with a total value of £148,553 ($208,290.80). Also, insider Ricardo Oberlander sold 6,000 shares of British American Tobacco stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 5,000 ($70.11), for a total value of £300,000 ($420,639.37). Insiders have acquired a total of 2,986 shares of company stock worth $14,884,754 in the last ninety days.

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About British American Tobacco

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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