SOURCE: StockCall


June 25, 2012 08:25 ET

Analyst Research on Altria Group Inc. and Lorillard Inc. - Cigarette Industry Still Facing Headwinds But Still Paying Out Healthy Dividends

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - Jun 25, 2012) - offers free research on Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO) and Lorillard Inc. (NYSE: LO) from the Cigarettes industry. Access these reports by clicking on the links below or by copy and pasting those to your address bar.

Companies in the tobaccos industry, including Altria Group Inc. and Lorillard Inc., continue to face a tightening regulatory environment and slowing demand in many areas. All around the world governments continue to impose an increasing number of restrictions on tobacco companies with the goal of reducing or eliminating smoking in their respective countries. Investors and shareholders of Altria Group Inc. can simply register for our complimentary reports by clicking on the link below. is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the Cigarettes industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Altria Group Inc. and Lorillard Inc. To see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future, please visit the link below.

In the U.S., the FDA has estimated that in 2013 the smoking population will drop by 213,000, and it recently passed a ruling compelling tobacco companies to include unpleasant warning pictures detailing the possible effects of smoking on all cigarette packages.

Despite the numerous headwinds, the cigarette industry weathered the recession relatively well. Investors have largely been impressed by positive earnings and high dividends. The average S&P dividend yield sits at around 2.61 percent, where as many tobacco companies offer much higher. For example, as of June 11th of this year Altria Groups offered a dividend yield of 5 percent. Meanwhile, Lorillard's dividend of $1.55 per share amounts to an annual yield of 4.9 percent. Register now to have free access to our report on Lorillard Inc., and to do so please click the link below.

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