SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

March 18, 2011 07:35 ET

Cigarette Dividends Remain Strong Despite Negative Publicity

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Altria & Reynolds American

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - With the markets showing signs of volatility this month, investors are once again looking for safe havens. Investors usually count on dividend paying stocks during hectic times in the market believing in the company's security and real earnings power. Somewhat ironically, one of the safest dividend investments is considered to be in the cigarette industry. Even during the recession, while many companies cut their dividend payments, cigarette manufacturers did not. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Cigarette Industry and provides research reports on Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) & Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE: RAI). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-03-MO

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-03-RAI

Tobacco companies are experts at weathering adverse conditions. Negative publicity has sent North American tobacco demand down in recent years, however, cigarette companies have maintained stable revenues by merely upping the price of cigarettes. Stable revenues have kept profits stable, which has kept the sector's high yielding dividends intact.

The Bedford Report releases regular market updates on the Cigarette Industry so investors can stay ahead of the crowd and make the best investment decisions to maximize their returns. Take a few minutes to register with us free at www.bedfordreport.com and get exclusive access to our numerous analyst reports and industry newsletters.

Currently, the FDA is investigating the use of menthol in cigarettes. Recently, an FDA advisory panel argued that consumers think menthol flavoring offers health protection or benefits, and menthol cigarettes are disproportionately marketed to African Americans. Cigarette manufacturers see menthol as a growth area, and are quick to defend their product. The tobacco industry's draft report to the FDA acknowledges that "all cigarettes are hazardous to health," and menthol should not be regulated differently.

Reynolds American has asked a federal court to stop the FDA from relying on the advisory panel's recommendations.

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