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Announcement: Moody's: European tobacco companies' profit growth to improve modestly, over the next 12-18 months

"Tobacco companies' underlying business model remains strong and the suspension of share buybacks will help alleviate the pressure on leverage resulting from ongoing foreign exchange volatility", said Ernesto Bisagno, Moody's Vice President and Senior An
Moody's Investors Service
added Jun 9, 2015 10:41
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What Does The Reynolds-Lorillard Deal Mean For Altria?

It is clear that Reynolds, with a 34% market share as opposed to 28% pre-merger, will be a stronger force to deal with. Since the purchase of cigarettes tend to be an impulsive buy, Reynolds stands to gain plenty from combining its distribution channels,
Forbes
added Jun 8, 2015 18:08
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[Canada, UK] Managers snub out unease over more tobacco lawsuits

But if BAT lost its appeal, he said it would “set a precedent for court cases across the globe against the tobacco industry”....an income staple due to an ability to weather fines and litigation, he warned: “If the legal tide has turned, that ability may
FT Adviser (uk)
added Jun 8, 2015 09:34
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Vector Group: A Hidden Gem In The Tobacco Sector

As a result of its 7%+ yield, discounted valuation, and annual 5% special stock dividend, Vector Group seems like a good pick for long-term investors. This combo would result in returns of over 12% per year, which seems like a good enough return for the
Seeking Alpha blog network
added Jun 4, 2015 15:53
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[Canada, UK] Canadian smoke signals spell pain for Big Tobacco ($$)

British American Tobacco and its smaller London-listed rival Imperial Tobacco were among the biggest fallers as the investors reacted to the court ordering three companies to pay £8.2 billion to two groups of smokers who claimed they had failed to warn t
Times Of London (uk)
added Jun 4, 2015 09:57
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Stocks to Watch in E-Cigs: Altria Group Inc., Reynolds American Inc., and Imperial Tobacco Group PLC

The e-cig market might grow larger over the next few years, but it shouldn't be considered a primary reason for buying tobacco stocks. Instead, tobacco stocks should be bought as conservative income investments. Cigarette shipments are certainly slowing
Motley Fool
added Jun 3, 2015 20:38
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[Canada] Why Quebec ruling is a headache for big tobacco

Says Moody's: We regard the announcement as credit negative for BAT, PMI and Japan Tobacco as it points to an increased litigation risk for the industry in Canada with the total award of CAD$15.6 billion being the largest in Canadian history. As a resul
Financial Times (uk)
added Jun 3, 2015 17:19
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[Canada] Ethical investors are being rewarded in this life: study

Here are some highlights from the study: Responsible investing (RI) equity funds outperformed their benchmarks 63 percent of the time RI equity funds outperformed their benchmarks on various risk measures 55 percent of the time, demonstrating the abilit
Business News Network (ca)
added Jun 3, 2015 17:17
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[Canada, UK] Philip Morris: A New Challenge Emerges

cigarettes are already extensively taxed worldwide, with the rationale usually being to cover the health care costs. While there is obviously some tail risk, Philip Morris offers more than enough of a reward via its 5% dividend yield.
Seeking Alpha blog network
added Jun 3, 2015 17:14
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Vector Group Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

regular quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.40 per share. The quarterly cash dividend will be payable on June 30, 2015 to holders of record as of June 17, 2015.
Business Wire
added Jun 3, 2015 10:36
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