Altria Group, Inc.
Are you one of the many investors looking for safe yield in this low rate environment?
Over the last few years, we have seen central banks loosen their policies greatly. As a result, interest rates have been cut to record low levels in the hopes of spurring economic growth. We have seen radical programs such as quantitative easing become the norm. Investopedia defines quantitative easing as:
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Although smoking seems old fashioned for many, big tobacco companies still seem poised to grow. Altria (NYSE: MO), Philip Morris (NYSE: PM) and British American Tobacco (NYSEMKT: BTI) offer compelling growth prospects, generating a buy consensus among analysts.
A company with a solid market position
With an industry-leading consensus annual growth rate of 11.23% expected over the next five years, Philip Morris stands as an interesting investment opportunity. Its more »
Bill Gross of PIMCO recently compared the risk of investing today to a Sweeney Todd haircut. No one wants to lose their head, but you can't collect dividends if you aren't invested. Gross suggests that investors “gradually reduce risk positions in 2013.” Here are some outside the box ways to do that.
In his May market commentary, Bill Gross explains that the best way to avoid more »
The stock market has been on an absolute tear this year, and the bullishness surrounding the market continues to build. If you are like me, you are starting to get concerned that the market might be a bit ahead of itself. Unemployment remains ugly, the Fed is going to have to raise interest rates soon, and areas of the global economy are struggling mightily. As such, we look at three more »
Lets examine the recent performance of dividend-paying companies relative to their non-dividend paying and dividend-cutting peers within the S&P 500. I will take the S&P 500 index members and then divided those names into four groups to analyze those
companies that pay and raise their dividends versus those that have cut or do not pay a regular dividend. Afterwards, I will chose my favorite pick among the four more »
For all the negative publicity, hefty legal settlements, and push to get people to stop using its products, one would think the tobacco industry should be avoided.
But if your conscience allows you to own the stock of a company that produces cigarettes and other tobacco products, you may be surprised at the returns you receive.
While some think that "Big Tobacco" will eventually expand into legalized marijuana to chase growth -- this is still a highly speculative situation that isn't exactly guaranteed. While overall cigarette volumes are dropping in the U.S., tobacco companies are looking to find new ways to generate profits now. The current trend of tobacco companies primarily favors the exploration of smokeless products and other innovations such as electronic cigarettes.
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Cigarettes can kill you. They can give you cancer, make you spend all your money, and force you to smell bad. But, this little invention may be able to shift this type of public sentiment toward cigarettes to a more light-hearted one.
E-cigs, aka electronic cigarettes, vaporize a liquid that contains nicotine, an assortment of flavors, and propylene glycol (some companies are starting to offer more glycerin solutions as well more »
Leading tobacco companies’ stocks have rallied in recent weeks. The recent adjustment to the Master Settlement Agreement with several states helped fuuel the rise. The adjustment gave these companies credit for their past settlement payments for the next five years. But beyond this latest news, are tobacco companies capable of growing sales? Are they still a viable investment? Let's examine these issues.
Investors are constantly under a deluge of financial advice. With so many options and different types of investment vehicles and strategies, it’s no wonder most individuals feel overwhelmed by the prospect of retirement saving. However, planning for one’s financial future is a pivotal task, the importance of which cannot be understated.
One option nearly all investors would be wise to take advantage of is the Roth Individual Retirement more »
While taxing sales over the Internet and the regulation of tobacco may seem like two very different issues, they aren't. In fact, they are more similar than dissimilar from a strategic standpoint.
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Philip Morris International's (NYSE: PM) first-quarter earnings were less than impressive. However, digging deeper into the numbers shows that the near-term problems shouldn't derail the company's long-term growth prospects.
“Philip Morris International Inc., the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company, posted first-quarter earnings that fell more than analysts estimated as tax increases and economic weakness hurt shipments.” That was the first sentence of the more »
One of the major benefits of owning a stock from a maturing industry is that they pay good dividends. There are many companies that provide a good dividend yield, but my preference is companies that have a significant share of the maturing industry and are innovative, either in marketing or in product offerings.
Altria Group (NYSE: MO) is a holding company that manufactures and sells cigarettes through its subsidiaries. Altria Group is the largest cigarette company and controls about 50% of the U.S. tobacco market. It operates its business through its subsidiary Philip Morris USA, which sells the world's best selling cigarette brand, Marlboro.
Dividend and growth
Altria offers a quarterly dividend of $$0.44 per share. In the last year more »
The domestic tobacco industry is full of contradictions. Share prices continue to rise despite declining cigarette sales. Profits keep growing despite rising excise taxes. Dividends remain pleasantly plump, often outgrowing earnings per share.
Keeping those factors in mind, how does the road ahead look for the three largest tobacco companies in America - Altria (NYSE: MO), Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI) and Lorillard (NYSE: LO), and should investors still have faith in more »
Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM), with its extremely loyal customers, has experienced significant growth in the past five years. Since the lowest level in 2009, its stock price has increased steadily from $33 per share to more than $96 per share. However, that doesn’t mean that the business is immune from misses.
Recently, the company announced that its first quarter profit decreased by 2% on a decline in the more »
Philip Morris' (NYSE: PM) first quarter earnings, although strong, highlight the company's main weakness and Achilles heel.
The strong U.S. dollar managed to wipe out $0.07, or 5% of the company's EPS in the first quarter. The company also sold 6.5% fewer cigarettes as both the economic situation in Europe and higher taxes in the Philippines sent customers away from its brands.
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Many investors choose not to invest in tobacco companies, for a variety of reasons. One of which is the constant threat of litigation and encroaching government regulation. Since tobacco is a product that is harmful to our health, the popular argument against tobacco stocks is that the government is always liable to implement punishing regulations that have the potential to cause material, long-lasting damage to the nation’s biggest tobacco more »
Barron's recently posted Citi's updated list of large, financially strong, high yielding, dividend paying companies. The recent list includes three names that all used to be part of the same company: Altria (NYSE: MO), Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM), and Kraft (NASDAQ: KRFT).
The Citi List
Citi creates a list of recommended companies with big yields every month. Part of its screen is the use of credit default more »
Tobacco companies have long been a stalwart member of sin stock portfolios. There's good reason for this, and it could make these stocks a good pick for your dividend portfolio, too.
Tobacco is an addictive substance that can cause all sorts of health problems. While the industry fought these links for years, it is pretty much an accepted fact today. These ills have long led to a public more »
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