The tobacco industry closed the day down 0.5%. Star Scientific Inc ( CIGX) were all winners today within the tobacco industry with Altria Group Inc ( MO) being today's featured tobacco winner. Altria Group Inc rose 44 cents (1.7%) to $26.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 19.3 million shares of Altria Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.1 million shares.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group Inc has a market cap of $54.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, equal to the average tobacco industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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