Thursday, May 27, 2010

Top Yielding Tobacco and Cigarette Stocks

Barrack Obama was the first smoking president of the United Stated in many years. I don't know if he has quit smoking yet, but there are still a lot of people out there who do. If you have no objection to investing in cigarette stocks, you may want to consider the tobacco companies, especially because of their extremely high yields.

Vector Group Ltd. (VGR) is a Florida based company that has numerous brands of cigarettes including Liggett, Grand Prix, Eve, Pyramid, USA and nicotine-free Quest. The stock has a PE of 35, and pays a yield of 10.4%.

Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) makes and markets cigarettes and other tobacco products including the Camel, Kool, Pall Mall, Doral, Winston, Salem, Misty, Capri, Dunhill, State Express 555, and Natural American Spirit brands. The stock has a PE of 15, and pays a yield of 7.1%.

Altria Group Inc. (MO) is a Virginia based company that makes and markets cigarettes, cigars, and beer. It is the largest cigarette company by market cap in the US. The stock has a PE of 12, and pays a yield of 6.9%.

British American Tobacco plc (BTI) is a London based company that markets cigarettes and cigars under the Dunhill, Kent, Kool, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Rothmans, Vogue, Viceroy, and Peter Stuyvesant brands. It is one of the largest cigarette companies in the world by market cap. The stock has a PE of 15, and pays a yield of 7.7%.

Philip Morris International, Inc. (PM) markets Marlboro, L&M, Philip Morris, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark, and Virginia Slims outside the United States. The stock has a PE of 13, and pays a yield of 5.3%.

Lorillard, Inc. (LO) has the Newport, Kent, True, Maverick, Old Gold, and Max brands. The have a PE of 12, and a yield of 5.5%.

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Author does not own any of the above.



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