Lennar is upgraded to 'overweight,' and Yum Brands is downgraded to 'underperform.'
Drugmakers have yet to find a magic bullet for nicotine addiction.
A proposed smoking ban in country would outlaw cigarette advertising and eventually limit tobacco use in public areas. The move could hurt Philip Morris International, a major player in the region.
The industry is offsetting revenue declines by cutting costs, boosting prices and diversifying into smokeless tobacco products like snuff.
Tobacco stocks may not be the most popular products in the eyes of many, but their growth and dividend potential remains compelling for income investors.
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