tocacco plant Native American Tobaccoo flower, leaves, and buds

tocacco Tobacco is an annual or bi-annual growing 1-3 meters tall with large sticky leaves that contain nicotine. Native to the Americas, tobacco has a long history of use as a shamanic inebriant and stimulant. It is extremely popular and well-known for its addictive potential.

tocacco nicotina Nicotiana tabacum

tocacco Nicotiana rustica leaves. Nicotiana rustica leaves have a nicotine content as high as 9%, whereas Nicotiana tabacum (common tobacco) leaves contain about 1 to 3%

tocacco cigar A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco which is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. Cigar tobacco is grown in significant quantities in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Sumatra, Philippines, and the Eastern United States.

tocacco Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. It can be consumed, used as an organic pesticide, and in the form of nicotine tartrate it is used in some medicines. In consumption it may be in the form of cigarettes smoking, snuffing, chewing, dipping tobacco, or snus.

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Japan Stocks: Funai, Japan Tobacco, Taiyo Yuden, JVC Kenwood

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 7.85, or 0.1 percent, to 9,430.92 as of the midday trading break in Tokyo. The following are among the most active shares in the Japanese market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.

Asahi Kasei Corp. (3407 JT) gained 3.3 percent to 470 yen, heading for the highest since Sept. 24. The synthetic-fiber maker was boosted to “overweight” from “neutral” by Nobuhito Owaki, a Tokyo-based analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Funai Electric Co. (6839 JO) advanced 3.3 percent to 3,460 yen. The maker of liquid-crystal display televisions was lifted to “overweight” from “neutral” by Yoshiharu Izumi, a Tokyo- based analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Ichikoh Industries Ltd. (7244 JT) surged 30 percent to 159 yen, its largest gain since at least September 1974. The supplier of car lighting equipment and mirrors agreed to buy a 5 percent stake in Indian auto-parts maker FIEM Industries Ltd. (FIEM IN). The price has yet to be decided, Ichikoh said in a release.

Japan Tobacco Inc. (2914 JT) slumped 5.2 percent to 271,900. The cigarette maker set terms for a 100 billion yen ($1.04 billion) sale of five-year, 1.128 percent bonds at par, according to a Nomura Securities Co. banker who is managing the deal.

JVC Kenwood Holdings Ltd. (6632 JT) soared 22 percent to 66 yen. The maker of car stereos and navigation systems was rated “buy” in new coverage by Eiichi Katayama, an analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc.,

K.K. DaVinci Holdings (4314 JX) rallied 3.9 percent to 9,090 yen, heading for the highest since Nov. 12. The real estate-asset management company said it will ask 20 workers to accept severance packages. The company will later disclose the impact of the job cuts on its earnings outlook, the statement said.

Marui Group Co. (8252 JT) slipped 2 percent to 552 yen. The department store chain and consumer lender was cut to “outperform” from “strong outperform” by Makoto Sakurai, an analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co.

NEC Electronics Corp. (6723 JT) gained 4.9 percent to 980 yen. Renesas Technology Corp. (RENEZ JP) expects its proposed merger with NEC Electronics to be conducted at a 1-to-1 ratio, Nikkei English News reported, citing an interview with Renesas President Yasushi Akao. Renesas is an unlisted Tokyo-based venture between Hitachi Ltd. (6501 JT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (6503 JT). Hitachi fell 0.7 percent to 306 yen. Mitsubishi Electric slid 0.6 percent to 542 yen.

Nichias Corp. (5393 JT) jumped 14 percent to 279 yen, heading for the highest since Oct. 2. The building materials maker was raised to “buy” from “hold” by Hiroshi Matsuda, an analyst at Mizuho Securities Co.

Nissin Foods Holdings Co. (2897 JT) rallied 4.3 percent to 3,010 yen. The maker of instant noodles said it will spend as much as 11.8 billion yen to buy back up to 3.36 percent of its outstanding shares through June 12.

Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co. (5232 JT) soared 9.5 percent to 220 yen. The company will spend as much as 5 billion yen on equipment to make lithium-iron phosphate for battery cathodes, Nikkei English News reported.

Taiyo Yuden Co. (6976 JT) climbed 7 percent to 917 yen, heading for the highest since Oct. 3. The electronic-components maker had its stock price estimate lifted to 1,100 yen from 750 yen by Shoji Sato, a Tokyo-based analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co., who maintained an “overweight” rating on the company.

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