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  • This Tobacco Company Is a Bit More Ethical than Others

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MO, BTI, LO

    The business model of tobacco companies is relatively flawless. These companies are selling a highly addictive substance to the general population, and this means that they can raise prices will little effect on sales. 

    A societal trend towards nonacceptance of tobacco has me concerned that many tobacco stocks are overvalued, however. While the business model was perfect in the mid-1900's, the general public is now aware that the product more »

  • How This Company Plans to Solve World Hunger

    By Adrian Campos - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MO, DD, SYT

    Shares of multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto Company (NYSE: MO) are down 8% this month, after the company announced it will drop all of its European Union requests for the approval of new genetically modified crops. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the federal government has started to search inside Monsanto's business looking for antitrust violations.

    These factors may be playing against Monsanto's shares, causing market sentiment to be more »

  • Will E-Cigarettes Destroy Big Tobacco?

    By Adrian Campos - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, RAI

    At first I was a non-believer. Cigarettes have been around for more than a hundred years and are an essential part of human culture, for good or bad. Can they disappear all of the sudden? Maybe not immediately. However, E- cigarettes could change the way people smoke and, consequently, the way big tobacco companies have so far obtained their income. Let's review this thread / opportunity from the basics: what more »

  • The Dividends Keep On Paying: Two to Buy, One to Avoid

    By siraj sarwar - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: MO, T, GE

    Some companies choose to pay rich dividends, which are basically cash payments to the stock holder at regular rates. These values can vary from a few percentages to upwards of 10%. This is a steady and healthy top and bottom line performance combined with cash flow that can balance a portfolio and provide a stable source of income.

     In this article, I searched for very profitable companies that pay high more »

  • How to Profit Off of a New Trend

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, RAI

    Tobacco companies are facing more headwinds than ever before, including regulation, taxation, and litigation. The FDA is enforcing regulatory control and cigarette sales volume has declined. Smoking cigarettes also now comes with a social stigma.

    All of these headwinds would lead one to think that this industry should be avoided at all costs. In this case, however, many tobacco companies have been wise enough to realize that when there’s more »

  • The Tobacco Industry Redux?

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, MNST

    With the constant ups and downs of the industry, due to new lawsuits and regulation threats, the energy-beverage industry reminds me a lot of the tobacco industry. The FDA has already forced energy-drink makers to change labeling practices and various health associations are shouting about health concerns. Let's not forget the lawsuits that continue to sprout up across the nation.   

    The latest news to plague the energy drink industry more »

  • Why You Should Consider Buying These Stocks Before Their Imminent Dividend Increases

    By Bob Ciura - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: MO, BBY, UTX

    Many investors take dividends seriously, and for good reason. Dividends have historically accounted for a huge percentage of the stock market’s total returns over the past several decades. Income investors closely follow their company’s dividend announcements.

    It’s not difficult to understand why. While earnings can be managed from one quarter to the next, there’s no faking dividend payments. A company can’t keep up a dividend more »

  • 1 Potential Buy in a Declining Industry

    By Usman Ghani - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: MO, PM, UVV

    The cigarette industry is controversial in terms of the impact it has on the health of the general public. Everybody is aware of the harmful effects of cigarettes, but do we know why? Activism by public health groups has gained exponential growth in the recent years and now we have doctors, television personalities, and other opinion makers educating about the harmful effects of cigarettes.

    What does this mean for well-known more »

  • Sky-High Dividends for a Faltering Industry: Does Tobacco Still Have Potential?

    By Awais Malik - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, PM

    Cigarettes are addictive by nature and are the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the USA. If an investor’s perspective is not clouded by the moral stigma attached with smoking, he now faces a more pertinent question – with smoking rates declining in the USA, is it risky to bet on cigarette stocks? Tax increases, smoking bans and health concerns have made the cigarette business tougher. At the more »

  • Philip Morris or Altria?

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: MO, PM, UVV

    Before the announcement of second-quarter results, Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) always had the edge over former parent company Altria (NYSE: MO). However, Philip Morris' poor second quarter highlights how the company is struggling to grow worldwide with many different factors pulling the company down, such as the strong US dollar, excise taxes rising faster than sales and competition.

    Altria, on the other hand, is still growing thanks to the more »

  • Book Gains in Lorillard Now

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, RAI

    It has finally happened. The FDA has finally started to seriously raise the issue of a full-on ban on menthol tobacco products. However, before it takes action, the administration has decided to purse more research and public comment on the issue. On July 23, the FDA issued what it called '"an advanced notice of proposed rule making," which typically indicates that the administration is considering regulation. In this case, it more »

  • The FDA Presents Another Great Buying Opportunity

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, RAI

    All the major tobacco companies saw a nice pullback last week as renewed concerns surfaced surrounding the FDA and menthol cigarettes, with my personal favorite, Lorillard (NYSE: LO), down over 5.5%.

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    Fellow contributor Robert Ciura notes that he would avoid both Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI) and Lorillard due to their exposure to the methanol brands, where Lorillard has the key menthol brand Newport, and Reynolds sells Salem. cigarettes.

    However more »

  • 3 Consumer Stocks Yielding Over 4%

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: MO, DRI, GRMN

    It can be useful for income investors to see to it that their portfolio is diversified among different sectors of the economy. While it’s easy to find high yielding stocks in some sectors (including utilities and telecoms), it can be more challenging to find, for example, consumer stocks which pay strong dividends and aren’t unattractive due to some other factor. Using data from Fidelity, here are three consumer more »

  • Slow and Steady Wins the Race in This Industry

    By Bob Ciura - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, RAI | Editor's Choice

    The tobacco industry is not a haven for growth investors, nor should it be. Consumers continue the trend toward healthier living, and the decline of smokers has put a lid on growth. That’s largely behind the sell-off in Altria Group (NYSE: MO) after releasing second quarter earnings.

    The market was clearly disappointed by the company’s 5% growth in adjusted diluted earnings per share, but this serves as yet more »

  • This Global Tobacco Business is a Long Term Buy

    By Anh HOANG - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: MO, BTI, PM

    Shareholders of Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) are not happy with its poor returns since the beginning of the year. The company’s share price has risen only 7.10%, much lower than the S&P 500’s gain of 18.70%. Recently, the company also reported sluggish second quarter earnings results. But does that mean it's a good time to buy Philip Morris? Let’s find out.

    Sluggish more »

  • Tobacco Can Mean Big Returns, But Wait for a Better Entry

    By Matthew Frankel - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, PM, RAI

    The tobacco companies have always been excellent dividend payers, but after a rapid gain like the one just experienced in the market, it becomes more important to figure out whether or not your favorite dividend stocks are worth getting into. My “big three” of tobacco stocks, Altria Group (NYSE: MO), Lorillard (NYSE: LO), and Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI), for instance, have popped by around 8% in the past month alone more »

  • Is Philip Morris' Only Problem the Strong US Dollar?

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, PM

    Philip Morris International's (NYSE: PM) second-quarter results were a mixed bag. The EPS came in below estimates but this was almost expected considering the company's exposure to currency fluctuations. Indeed, with almost all of Philip Morris' revenue coming from outside of the US but the company reporting in dollars, dollar strength was bound to hit earnings. Still, after excluding the currency effects, earnings per share were up $0 more »

  • Should You Invest in International or Domestic Tobacco Stocks?

    By Leo Sun - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, PM

    Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM), the second largest tobacco company in the world, recently stumbled after reporting second quarter earnings that came in below analyst estimates. The international maker of Marlboro cigarettes, which is often vilified for its heavy-handed presence in developing nations, blamed lower global demand and unfavorable exchange rates for the slowdown in its top and bottom-line growth.

    Second quarter earnings were a drag

    For the second quarter more »

  • A Tiny Tobacco Company Earning Big Profits

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: MO, PM, UVV

    Historically, defensive and high yield cigarette companies, such as Altria (NYSE: MO), Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM), Lorillard, and Reynolds American are currently looking slightly overbought as their yields and valuations reach five year highs. Indeed, despite the sell-off in the rest of the high yield sector, these companies have continued to outperform. That said, there is one company that is yet to catch up; tobacco grower and distributor Universal more »

  • How to Play the Tobacco Industry

    By Piyush Arora - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: MO, PM, RAI

    I admire tobacco companies. Despite nasty looking warnings on tobacco products, consumers find a reason to consume these items. And despite their minimal marketing campaigns, these companies find loyal customers to retain their growth momentum. This ensures a stable top line and the rising population presents steady growth potential. But when it comes to hand picking tobacco stocks, which companies should make it to your list?

    Why not Philip Morris more »

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