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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Philip Morris International rose $0.95 (1.2%) to $81.02 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,066,704 shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,888,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $80.15-$81.02 after having opened the day at $80.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.07.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. The company's portfolio of brands include Marlboro, Merit, Parliament, Virginia Slims, L&M, Chesterfield, Bond Street, Lark, Muratti, Next, Philip Morris, and Red & White. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $127.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 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 expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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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