ANALYSIS: Why tobacco company shares are soaring

Tobacco companies handed investors the best returns in the last decade when adjusted for volatility, and analysts say that will continue as profits prove resilient amid economic turmoil.

1st February, 2012
ANALYSIS: Why tobacco company shares are soaring
Tobacco is making healthy returns for investors

Tobacco companies handed investors the best returns in the last decade when adjusted for volatility, and analysts say that will continue as profits prove resilient amid economic turmoil.

The MSCI World Tobacco Index had the highest return out of 67 groups in the MSCI World Index in the 10 years through 2011. The tobacco gauge, which comprises eight companies including Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco, advanced 13.3 per cent after taking into account price...

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