Big and Small Tobacco Set to Profit From Emerging Legal Marijuana Trade
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Definitely look to small-cap tobacco companies such as Vector Group (NYSE: VGR) to hop on the train as well as larger companies like Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO) and Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI). Vector is a solid performer which consistently turns a profit. It also pays double digit dividends to its shareholders. The company offers 118 combinations of cigarettes branded under the Pyramid, Grand Prix and Eve names. VGR has a $1.3 billion market cap and shares are trading at $15.87.