Should You Be Tempted To ‘Sell’ Altria Group (MO) Stock

Artko Capital recently released its Q2 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The fund posted a return of -11.4% for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned 20.5% in the same quarter. You should check out Artko Capital’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash.

In the said letter, Artko Capital highlighted a few stocks and Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO) is one of them. Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO) is one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of tobacco, cigarettes and related products. Year-to-date, Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO) stock lost 16.8% and on August 6th it had a closing price of $41.55. Here is what Artko Capital said:

“Altria Group (MO) – We made an 9% Core Portfolio investment in Altria group at sub $40.00 in 2019 with the view that it was a good place to park cash at an 8%+ dividend yield with liquidity and a 15- 25% annual IRR upside. When the stock reached $50+ in early 2020 we took half of our position off the table and took the rest off back at $40 in the spring 2020 as we are positioning our portfolio to have significantly higher upside in the nanocap space as the economy and the small cap markets recover over the next few years. We may come back to MO in the future as it is a solid dividend yielding investment, but as we mentioned earlier, our strategy does involve off-the-beaten-path companies with an opportunity to get repriced on growth of revenues and earnings and Altria Group’s low growth was not going to get us the returns we seek given the repricing of the value segment of the small cap markets.”

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Last month, we published an article revealing that Brown Advisory is bearish about Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO) stock. The investment management firm believes that the company’s Marlboro cigarette brand will lose market share to its rivals amid the pandemic.

In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO)  stock decreased by about 15% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers seem to agree with Altria’s downside potential. Our calculations showed that Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO)  isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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