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

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Philip Morris International ( PM) pushed the Tobacco industry higher today making it today's featured tobacco winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Philip Morris International rose $1.28 (1.6%) to $80.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,915,729 shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,822,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $79.34-$81.14 after having opened the day at $79.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.50. Other companies within the Tobacco industry that increased today were: British American Tobacco ( BTI), up 2.6% and Alliance One International ( AOI), up 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 $126.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and deteriorating 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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