Better Buy: Philip Morris vs. Altria

Investors love tobacco stocks for their great dividends, but many have a hard time deciding which one is the best place for their money today. 

Two of the best operators, Altria (NYSE: MO  ) and Philip Morris (NYSE: PM  ) are cut from the same cloth, but their futures look very different. 

Altria has a better dividend and is cheaper compared to the cash flow you receive, but Philip Morris has the potential to top into faster population growth in emerging markets.

Given that, Fool analyst Austin Smith believes Philip Morris is worth paying the slight premium for and that it is a better dividend stock for your money today.

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  • Report this Comment On November 21, 2012, at 10:54 PM, mansourg54 wrote:

    MO has the smokeless tobacco which PM does not. MO can sell smokeless tobacco worldwide and this means growth. MO has a large research facilities for searching ingredients that are harmful and for developing new products, PM does not have this. MO has the potential of enetering the marijuana market once this is legalized, PM may or may not be able.

  • Report this Comment On April 15, 2013, at 7:36 PM, jaybird43 wrote:

    Plus Mo has wineries which produce very good wines under the St Michelle labor. Not only good but reasonably priced. No, this is not a commercial. But they do add another growing asset.

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