Your Simple Guide to Tobacco Stocks – Fox Business

Tobacco stocks are among the most controversial on the market. On one hand, tobacco companies merely provide a common consumer good, appealing to customers’ demand for the products they make. Yet the negative health impacts of smoking make some investors vehemently opposed to the businesses that produce cigarettes. That has prompted a trend among some socially conscious investors of divesting their portfolios of any exposure to tobacco, but it has also pushed tobacco giants themselves to see out alternatives to traditional cigarettes that could potentially have reduced risks.

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The tobacco industry includes a number of areas, including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and cigarette alternatives like e-cigarettes and heated-tobacco products. A few big companies control substantial market share in the U.S., and just a handful of players have big positions globally. By understanding the entire industry, you can make a better decision about whether tobacco stocks are appropriate for your portfolio.

Top tobacco stocks

Stock

Market Cap

1-Year Return

Altria Group (NYSE: MO)

$124 billion

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