Altria Group Steps Up Political Campaign for Smokers

Altria Group (NYSE:MO), the owner of Philip Morris USA, has launched a new website where consumers can learn about public policy issues related to tobacco. At Citizens for Tobacco Rights, the owner of the nation’s largest cigarette maker provides information on state and federal tobacco issues such as taxes, smoking bans and other regulation.

The website also gives consumers a means for acting on tobacco-related issues. Altria, based in Richmond, Va., says it is crucial that adult tobacco consumers be able to share their opinions about issues that affect them.

Here’s how tobacco stocks closed 2011:

Philip Morris International, Inc. (NYSE:PM): PM shares recently traded at $78.48, down $0.62, or 0.78%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $55.85 to $79.42. Volume today was 3,677,959 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 6,735,920 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 16.65, while trailing earnings are $4.71 per share.

Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO): MO shares recently traded at $29.65, down $0.14, or 0.47%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $23.20 to $30.40. Volume today was 6,220,050 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 13,583,600 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 17.74, while trailing earnings are $1.67 per share.

Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE:RAI): RAI shares recently traded at $41.42, down $0.34, or 0.81%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $31.54 to $42.18. Volume today was 1,066,994 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 2,951,520 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 18.25, while trailing earnings are $2.27 per share.

Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE:LO): LO shares recently traded at $114.00, down $0.94, or 0.82%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $72.40 to $120.00. Volume today was 669,575 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 1,551,640 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 15.35, while trailing earnings are $7.43 per share.

Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE:VGR): VGR shares recently traded at $17.76, down $0.11, or 0.62%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $15.37 to $19.28. Volume today was 304,590 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 403,727 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 17.53, while trailing earnings are $1.01 per share.

British American Tobacco Industries, p.l.c. (AMEX:BTI): BTI shares recently traded at $94.88, up $0.18, or 0.19%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $72.59 to $96.00. Volume today was 109,060 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 346,861 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 18.85, while trailing earnings are $5.03 per share.

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