Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. Altria Group (MO) pushed the Tobacco industry lower today making it today's featured Tobacco laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.5%. By the end of trading, Altria Group fell 54 cents (-1.7%) to $31.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.8 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.34-$31.92 after having opened the day at $31.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.94. Other companies within the Tobacco industry that declined today were: Star Scientific (STSI), down 8.4% and Universal Corporation (UVV), down 4.5%.
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