Philip Morris International Inc. (PM): Today's Featured Tobacco Winner

The tobacco industry closed the day up 0.8%. Philip Morris International Inc ( PM) was today's featured tobacco winner. Philip Morris International Inc rose 44 cents (0.7%) to $63.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, six million shares of Philip Morris International Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.3 million shares.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States. Philip Morris International Inc has a market cap of $108.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, equal to the average tobacco industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.3% 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, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Alliance One International Inc ( AOI) were all losers within the tobacco industry with Star Scientific Inc ( CIGX) being today's tobacco industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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