Is This Big Tobacco's Newest Buy Signal?

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In today's edition of "talking stocks," analyst Austin Smith looks at everyone's favorite love-to-hate sector: big tobacco. Most people invest in this space for the great dividends, which would naturally lead investors toward high-yielding domestic plays such as Altria (NYS: MO) , and away from lower-yielding international companies such as Philip Morris (NYS: PM) and British American Tobacco (NYS: BTI) . However, the landscape for tobacco investors is clearly leaning in favor of the international players. With the big domestic companies cutting jobs and the bit international players plowing money back into their own shares, it seems like a no-brainer which region has more promise right now.

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At the time this article was published Austin Smith owns shares of Philip Morris International. The Motley Fool has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Philip Morris International. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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