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

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Philip Morris International ( PM) pushed the Tobacco industry lower today making it today's featured Tobacco laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Philip Morris International fell $1.25 (-1.4%) to $89.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $89.30-$91.56 after having opened the day at $90.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.55. Another company within the Tobacco industry that decreased today was Star Scientific ( STSI), down 2.3%.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $153.03 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the average tobacco industry P/E ratio of 18 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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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