Research Report on Cigarettes Equities -- Altria, Philip Morris, Reynolds American, and Vector

Aug 29, 2016, 07:35 ET from Chelmsford Park SA

NEW YORK, August 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Today's focus on is on four Cigarettes stocks, namely: Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO), Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM), Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE: RAI), and Vector Group Ltd (NYSE: VGR). As per an article on Winston-Salem Journal, dated August 24, 2016, Bonnie Herzog of Wells Fargo Securities is of the opinion that the price increases in tobacco have contributed to additional revenue for the industry. Revenue was up 2.3% for the industry. Learn more about these stocks by accessing their free research reports at:

Altria Group  

Shares in Richmond, Virginia headquartered Altria Group Inc. ended Friday's session 0.14% lower at $65.83 with a total trading volume of 5.14 million shares. The stock has advanced 3.81% over the previous three months and 15.10% on an YTD basis. The Company's shares are trading 6.46% above their 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of Altria Group, which through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the US, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 34.88.

On August 25th, 2016, Altria Group announced that its Board of Directors voted to increase Altria's regular quarterly dividend by 8.0% to $0.61 per common share versus the previous rate of $0.565 per common share. The quarterly dividend is payable on October 11th, 2016, to shareholders of record as of September 15th, 2016. The new annualized dividend rate is $2.44 per common share, representing a yield of 3.7% based on Altria's closing stock price of $66.33 on August 19th, 2016. Altria has increased its dividend 50 times in the past 47 years. Free research report on MO is available at:

Philip Morris Intl. 

New York-based Philip Morris International Inc.'s shares saw a decline of 0.74%, closing the day at $99.10 with a total trading volume of 2.78 million shares. The stock has advanced 0.93% in the previous three months and 15.06% since the start of this year. The Company's shares are trading 5.57% above their 200-day moving average. Additionally, shares of Philip Morris International, which through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, other tobacco products, and other nicotine-containing products, have an RSI of 47.49.

On July 26th, 2016, Philip Morris International reported diluted earnings per share of $1.15 for Q2 2016, down by $0.06 or 5.0% versus $1.21 in Q2 2015. The company's cigarette shipment volume of 209.29 billion units was down 4.8% compared to cigarette shipment volume of 219.83 billion units. Philip Morris International reported net revenues of $19.0 billion, up by 1.5% on y-o-y basis. The complimentary research report on PM can be downloaded at:

Reynolds American  

Last Friday, shares in Winston-Salem, North Carolina headquartered Reynolds American Inc. fell 0.78%, closing the session at $49.87. The stock recorded a trading volume of 2.64 million shares. The Company's shares have advanced 0.31% over the previous three months and 9.85% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading 2.14% above its 200-day moving average. Furthermore, shares of Reynolds American, which through its subsidiaries, manufactures, and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products in the US, have an RSI of 39.40.

On July 26th, 2016, Reynolds announced Q2 2016 reported EPS of $0.56, down 66.9% from the prior year's quarter, driven primarily by the gain on divestiture related to the Lorillard, Inc. acquisition in June 2015. The company reported net sales of $3.20 billion in Q2 2016, compared to net sales of $2.40 billion in the year ago quarter.

On August 25th, 2016, research firm UBS initiated a 'Neutral' rating on the Company's stock, issuing a target price of $52 per share. Visit us today and access our complete research report on RAI at:

Vector Group  

Miami, Florida-based Vector Group Ltd's stock finished the session 0.50% lower at $22.08 with a total trading volume of 404,965 shares. The Company's shares have advanced 5.30% in the previous three months and are trading above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 0.23% and 0.38%, respectively. Additionally, shares of Vector Group, which through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes in the US, have an RSI of 55.33.

On July 28th, 2016, Vector Group reported that Q2 2016 revenues were $438.3 million compared to revenues of $416.2 million in Q2 2015. The Company recorded operating income of $70.7 million in Q2 2016 compared to operating income of $55.8 million in Q2 2015. Net income attributed to Vector Group for Q2 2016 was $24.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $17.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted common share, in Q2 2015. Get free access to your research report on VGR at:


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