Why I’m Betting on the Tobacco Industry

Recent FDA regulations and marijuana investments may turn the tables for big tobacco

Disclaimer: I purchased a call option in BTI earlier today, and the purpose of this article is to explain why I think this was a good decision. I disclaim that I may profit if the price of BTI increases over the next few months. This is not meant as investment advice, but simply my prediction on the industry’s future.

Introduction

If you follow the US stock market, you may have noticed recent fluctuations in tobacco stocks. This past week, for example, the FDA declared minors’ vaping an “epidemic,” resulting in a rapid increase of all major tobacco stocks by a few percentage points.

Across the board, tobacco stocks have been performing rather poorly these past few months. Altria Group has been growing steadily since the end of April, but that is the exception. Philip Morris, British American Tobacco, and Vector Group, for example, have been declining since April. Many are trading within pennies of their 52-week low, signaling the lowest prices some of these companies have traded at in years (British American Tobacco hasn’t been below its current price since 2011).

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Philip Morris factory, photo copyright Daily Times Pakistan

My Prediction

Additionally, I see it highly likely that larger tobacco companies will begin announcing plans to penetrate the rising legal marijuana industry. This could cause a major rebound, even to pre-2008 stock prices.

Conclusion

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Journalist, entrepreneur and student - Boston College, University of Otago. Buddhist. Expert adventurer and consultant for conducting business in Asia.

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