5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Altria


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's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Altria facts

Headquarters (founded)

Richmond, Va. (1919)

Market Cap

$71.5 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$16.7 billion


President/COO David Beran
Vice President/CFO Howard Willard

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$4.2 billion / $13.7 billion

Dividend Yield



Reynolds American

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 8,962 members who have rated Altria believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, TMFCane, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Love [Altria]. Solid, consistent performer; financials are all in order, and I wouldn't worry too much about the regulation questions -- there are plenty of markets not named the US and/or EU that Altria can target. Great stock.

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