Philip Morris International Inc

(

PM

) pushed the Tobacco industry lower today making it today's featured Tobacco loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Philip Morris International Inc fell 99 cents (-1.4%) to $71.02 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Philip Morris International Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $70.82-$71.62 after having opened the day at $71.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.01. Other company's within the Tobacco industry that declined today were:

Alliance One International Inc

(

AOI

), down 2.6% and

British American Tobacco

(

BTI

), down 2.2%.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International Inc has a market cap of $125.06 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, equal to the average tobacco industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,

Star Scientific Inc

(

CIGX

), up 1.7% and

Vector Group

(

VGR

), up 1.6%, were all gainers within the tobacco industry with

Lorillard Inc

(

LO

) being today's featured tobacco industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the tobacco industry could consider

PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage

(

PBJ

) while those bearish on the tobacco industry could consider

PowerShares DB Agriculture Sht ETN

(

ADZ

).

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