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 1.6%. By the end of trading, Philip Morris International fell $1.04 (-1.2%) to $87.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,588,703 shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,019,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $86.95-$88.03 after having opened the day at $87.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.18. Other companies within the Tobacco industry that declined today were: Universal Corporation ( UVV), down 3.5% and Vector Group ( VGR), down 2.9%.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $143.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

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