The

tobacco

industry closed the day up 2.2%.

Star Scientific Inc

(

CIGX

) and

Alliance One International Inc

(

AOI

) were all winners today within the tobacco industry with

Philip Morris International Inc

(

PM

) being today's featured tobacco winner. Philip Morris International Inc rose $1.96 (2.9%) to $70.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10.3 million shares of Philip Morris International Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International Inc has a market cap of $122 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, above the average tobacco industry P/E ratio of 14.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.6% 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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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