Lorillard Inc. (LO): Today's Featured Tobacco Winner

Lorillard ( LO) pushed the Tobacco industry higher today making it today's featured tobacco winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Lorillard rose $0.46 (1.1%) to $44.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,529,707 shares of Lorillard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,163,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.95-$44.57 after having opened the day at $44.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.95.

Lorillard, Inc. manufactures and sells cigarettes in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Cigarettes and Electronic Cigarettes. The Cigarettes segment manufactures and sells cigarettes. Lorillard has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Lorillard a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lorillard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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