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Altria Group

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Altria Group short puts being rolled out a month

Altria Group short puts being rolled out a month. Shares $64.81 with heavy put volume as a customer sells nearly 8K Feb/Mar 67.5 put spreads from $1.02 down to 90c in a number of tranches. Feb 67.5 puts are the largest block open in the name, with 27.5K contracts open, most dating to mid Jan when shares were near $70 and a seller was collecting near $1 per contract. Shares of the cigarette maker held near $70 into earnings, but got smoked in the early Feb correction and briefly touched $63 earlier this week.

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MO Altria Group
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Altria Group upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Owen Bennett upgraded Altria Group to Buy saying he's bullish on Tobacco for fiscal 2018. The analyst sees returns driven by "solid" EBITDA, easing regulatory concerns and benefits from tax reform. He also sees the possibility of large-scale acquisitions adding to the upside. The analyst upped his price target for Altria Group shares to $81.
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Philip Morris upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Owen Bennett upgraded Philip Morris to Buy saying he's bullish on Tobacco for fiscal 2018. The analyst sees returns driven by "solid" EBITDA, easing regulatory concerns and benefits from tax reform. He also sees the possibility of large-scale acquisitions adding to the upside. The analyst upped his price target for Philip Morris shares to $124. Bennett this morning also upgraded Altria Group (MO) to Buy. British American Tobacco (BTI) remains his top pick, followed by Altria, then Philip Morris.
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush analyst Christopher Svezia saying the brand's new footwear styles are "notably higher" versus a year ago while comparisons are easing, particularly around key categories like basketball. 2. Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus with analyst John Eade saying the stock has "fallen out of favor" with its core market, but the turnaround strategy implemented by the new CEO, along with the hiring of a Chief Marketing Officer, has produced two consecutive quarter of earnings beats. 3. Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James with analyst Brian Vaccaro citing fair valuation and no longer sees downside risk given management's decision to take a third and final round of menu price increases and stabilizing industry demand trends. 4. Foot Locker (FL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory with analyst Kelly Chen saying the worst of the athletic industry's issues have passed. 5. Philip Morris (PM) and Altria Group (MO) were upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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Jefferies sees 'big opportunity' in British American Tobacco after selloff
Jefferies analyst Owen Bennett sees a "big opportunity" in shares of British American Tobacco (BTI) following yesterday's selloff. There is a "very strange disconnect here," Bennett tells investors in a research note. The 3.5% pullback doesn't make sense, he adds. He believes that if the market thinks Philip Morris' (PM) IQOS won't get approved, then it is a positive for British American Tobacco. The analyst thinks the selloff can only be explained by holders assuming a Premarket Tobacco Application for IQOS will be approved. Such an approval will likely create support for Philip Morris and Altria Group (MO), Bennett argues. Following conversations in the U.S., the analyst sees a "complete lack of knowledge" around where British American Tobacco stands with heated tobacco approvals. Bennett has Buy ratings on all three stocks.

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