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Five Star Equities

March 21, 2013 08:20 ET

Tobacco Industry Wins Battle With U.S. Government Over Graphic Warning Labels

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Altria Group and Lorillard

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 21, 2013) - The Tobacco Industry has been renowned for their stable revenues and hefty dividends. The average dividend yield of Altria Group, Reynolds American, Lorillard, and Phillip Morris International is approximately 5.0 percent, more than double the S&P 500's average dividend yield of 2.2 percent. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Cigarettes Industry and provides equity research on Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO) and Lorillard Inc. (NYSE: LO).

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Tobacco companies have been experts in dealing with adverse conditions. Negative publicity in the U.S. has sent demand for tobacco down in recent years; however, companies have been able to maintain stable revenues by merely raising the price of cigarettes. The U.S. government has recently abandoned a series of graphic warning labels on cigarette packages after a court ruled the images violated free speech protections. The Food and Drug Administration will now be forced to redesign new labels. The proposed images would've covered the top half of cigarette packs (front and back) and roughly 20 percent of print advertisements.

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Altria Group owns three premier tobacco companies in the United States. Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company and John Middleton have leading positions in the cigarette, smokeless tobacco and large machine-made cigar categories. The company currently offers investors an annual dividend of $1.76 a share for a dividend yield of roughly 5.2 percent. Shares of Altria have gained roughly 8 percent year-to-date.

Lorillard, through its Lorillard Tobacco Company subsidiary, is the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. Newport, Lorillard's flagship premium cigarette brand, is the top selling menthol and second largest selling cigarette in the U.S. The company currently offers investors an annual dividend of $2.20 a share for a dividend yield of approximately 5.5 percent.

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