The tobacco industry closed the day down 0.3%. Reynolds American Inc ( RAI) 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 55 cents (0.8%) to $65.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.2 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, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International Inc has a market cap of $111.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, equal to the average tobacco industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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 expanding profit margins. 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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