Reynolds American Inc (RAI): Today's Featured Tobacco Winner

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Reynolds American ( RAI) pushed the Tobacco industry higher today making it today's featured tobacco winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.2%. By the end of trading, Reynolds American rose $0.91 (2.0%) to $47.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,617,343 shares of Reynolds American exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,932,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.58-$47.44 after having opened the day at $46.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.28. Other companies within the Tobacco industry that increased today were: Alliance One International ( AOI), up 6.3% and Vector Group ( VGR), up 3.4%.
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Reynolds American Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarette and other tobacco products in the United States. The company operates through RJR Tobacco, American Snuff, and Santa Fe segments. Reynolds American has a market cap of $26.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Reynolds American a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Reynolds American as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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