Smokin’ Hot Tobacco Stock Picks: Analyst

Despite the health effects and new regulations, many stocks in the tobacco sector are hitting new highs Wednesday. Philip Gorham, analyst at Morningstar, said the sector could continue rallying.

“[The rally] can last until manufacturers can no longer raise prices above the rate of consumption—and I don’t see that point coming any time soon,” Gorham told CNBC.

“We don’t see a kink in the demand curve quite yet.”

Gorham said his “best in class” picks include Philip Morris and Altria .

“But look out of Lorillard, ” he cautioned. “They’re risky, but we don’t think there will be much impact from the FDA investigation.”

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Scorecard—What He Said:

  • Gorham's Previous Appearance on CNBC (Feb. 4, 2011)

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Where the Other Top Tobacco Stock Stands:

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Gorham does not own shares of PM, MO, LO, RAI or RTI.