Higher cigarette pricing and a dominant position in the smokeless tobacco industry are key growth drivers.
In the current volatile environment, it may be better to go for dividends than to try riding out the storm.
Ralph Lauren is upgraded to 'buy,' while Deere is downgraded to 'market perform.'
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.
Reynolds American has invested heavily in these new products, and FDA scrutiny could torpedo those plans.
F5 Networks is upgraded to 'buy' at BofA/Merrill, while Walgreen is downgraded to 'neutral' at Goldman.
With a rising dividend, aggressive buybacks and a growing global market, this cigarette maker shows that where there's smoke there's fire.
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