Friday, December 12, 2008

Smoking President Portfolio: Yields as High as 11%

Now that Barrack Obama is the president-elect, the United Stated will have the first smoking president in many years. Although he has made plans to quit smoking, he admits that he still hasn't yet stopped entirely. Will this have an effect on the consumption of cigarettes and tobacco? If you think so, and 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 15 a PEG of 1.25, and pays a yield of 11.7%.

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 9 a PEG of 1.33, and pays a yield of 8.4%.

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 5 a PEG of 0.86, and pays a yield of 8.5%.

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 14 a PEG of 1.17, and pays a yield of 3.5%.

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 12 a PEG of 1.1, and pays a yield of 5.1%.

Lorillard, Inc. (LO) has the Newport, Kent, True, Maverick, Old Gold, and Max brands. The have a PE of 12, a PEG of 1.44, and a yield of 6.3%.

If you like high yield stocks, you should check out electric utilities and gas utilities. You can also download an Excel database of monthly dividend stocks and utility stocks at

1 comment:

Admin said...

From a conscience perspective, I have a problem investing in tobacco companies because they cause the deaths of tens of thousands of people every year.