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

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Lorillard ( LO) pushed the Tobacco industry lower today making it today's featured Tobacco laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Lorillard fell $0.56 (-1.2%) to $44.91 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,813,155 shares of Lorillard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,068,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.86-$45.62 after having opened the day at $45.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.47.

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 $16.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Lorillard a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lorillard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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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