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Los Angelas, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/12/2012 -- Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) is not only staying bullish during these tumultuous times, but the firm believes that the U.S. market will outperform global stocks through 2013. U.S. equities have been upgraded to Overweight from Neutral says a note released late Wednesday, and the firm downgraded Japanese equities to Underweight from Overweight. Shares of Citigroup, Inc. (NYSE: C) are trading at $35.52 and is +8.94% of its 50-day Moving Average price of $32.606 and +17.57% from its 200-day Moving Average price of $30.2109. The average trading volume is 34430100 shares and its market capitalization is $104.2B.
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Altria's (NYSE:MO) long-term cost of capital is around 6%, or 2 percentage points over the prime rate of the 30-year treasury, and the company was forced to borrow at high rates to finance the acquisition of US Tobacco because the buyout was timed during the financial collapse. If Interest rates rise several percentage points, the company will likely need to buy down debt, and the 80% payout ratio will limit management's ability to increase future dividends. Altria has raised the dividend by nearly 8% a year over the last five years, but the company's cost of capital is now higher than the dividend. Altria had to recently reduce the company's guidance from $2.17-2.23 to $2.01-2.08, and the company has raised the dividend by an average of 7% a year over the last several years despite the company's net income consistently being flat because of litigation settlements.Altria Group, Inc (NYSE:MO) reported EPS of 2.164. For the Current Fiscal year, the company is expected to report EPS of 2.21. For the Next Quarter and Next Year, the company is expected to report EPS of 0.55 and 2.38 respectively. At Current Market Price, MO is in distance of -3.44% from its 50-day Moving Average price of $33.876 and -2.20% from its 200-day Moving Average price of $33.4473.
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General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) has a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.1 compared to the industry average of 16.7. Its 52-week range is from $14.68 to $23.18. However, the team ROE of 9.8 is far below the industry average. The company's debt/equity is also unfavorable at 1.9, compared to the industry average of 0.8. The company needs to be extremely prudent in managing its financials, as its debt is almost twice the level of its equity. GE's beta of 1.59 illustrates how the company's products are entirely demanding-dependent, and that changes in global demand are likely to greatly affect this company. The prices of General Electric Company ( GE ) shares have reached $22.54, which is 0.3% of the 52-week high of $22.61. General Electric is one of the largest and most diversified industrial corporations in the world. General Electric Company has a market cap of $228.02 billion; its shares were traded at around $22.54 with a P/E ratio of 15.2 and a P/S ratio of 1.6. The dividend yield of General Electric Company stocks is 3.2%. General Electric Company had an annual average earnings growth of 10.3% over the past 10 years.
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Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MU, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the manufacture and marketing of semiconductor devices worldwide. Market cap at $5.86B, most recent closing price at $5.76. An analyst day hosted by Micron will be held October 12, 2012.The US based company did well on the trading floors. During the last day trade MU closed $ 5.76 after increasing nearly 0.09%. The Company’s 52 week range remained $ 5.06 to $9.16 with its market capitalization touching $5.86 billion. The Company’s monthly share price volatility is 3.11% while in assets turnover rates its ROA remained 8.81% with a return on equity at 11.64%. However, the company’s current share price is above its 52 week low of 13.83% and below its 52 week high by 37.12%. The Company holds nearly 1.02 billion shares outstanding while its shares float touches nearly 990.09 million.
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