5-Star Dividend Stocks Poised to Pop: Altria

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, tobacco giant Altria (NYS: 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

$66.7 billion

Industry

Tobacco

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$17.3 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Martin Barrington
President/COO David Beran

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)

23.8%

Cash/Debt

$1.5 billion / $13.7 billion

Dividend Yield

5.4%

Competitors

Lorillard (NYS: LO)
Reynolds American
(NYS: RAI)


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

On CAPS, 96% of the 8,974 members who have rated Altria believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those Fools, markdavis3, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Altria is the leading producer of cigarettes and has over 50% of the [U.S.] market. ... The company has an investment grade credit rating and generates returns to investors through a hefty dividend. The company is trading ... appropriate for the industry. However, I think the company will realize higher earnings -- coupled with an attractive and rising dividend -- to make it a good buy.

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The article 5-Star Dividend Stocks Poised to Pop: Altria originally appeared on Fool.com.

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