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 smoking, snuffing, chewing, dipping tobacco, or snus.


FTSE tiptoes higher; Vodafone, tobacco strong

* FTSE 100 ends 0.1 percent higher

* Stores fall after weak May UK retail sales data

* Oils, miners down as commodity prices dip

By Simon Falush

LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) - Strength in Vodafone (VOD.L) and defensive tobacco stocks pushed Britain’s top share index into positive ground by close on Thursday, but gains were muted and offset by sliding commodity stocks.

The FTSE 100 .FTSE index closed 2.40 points lower at 4,280.86, having closed down 50.11 points, or 1.2 percent the previous session.

Heavyweight mobile phone operator Vodafone (VOD.L) was the biggest positive impact on the index, gaining 2.4 percent, equivalent to a 6 points on the index as investors looked to buy into stocks perceived as safe havens.

“People are rotating in and out of different sectors and into stocks like Vodafone but the market is a bit lifeless and the market is struggling for direction,” said Tim Rees, fund manager at Insight Investment.

The index is down 3.5 percent this year but has gained 23.7 percent since its trough in March, although it has retreated by 3.6 percent so far this week.

“There’s a realisation that the nature of the underlying problems mean that any recovery will be subdued and drawn out,” Rees said.

Defensive stocks and banks were also in demand with British American Tobacco (BATS.L) up 1.8 percent. Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) gained 3.3 percent, reflecting index re-weighting factors, while Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L) gained 2.7 percent.


British retail sales fell unexpectedly in May as shoppers tightened their belts after splashing out over the Easter holidays, while government borrowing hit a record high, official data showed on Thursday.

The Office for National Statistics said retail sales volumes fell 0.6 percent on the month, against a forecast of a 0.4 percent gain. That left them 1.6 percent lower than in the same month a year ago.
Retailers were mostly weaker, with Home Retail Group (HOME.L), Next (NXT.L) and Kingfisher (KGF.L) shedding between 0.4 and 2.3 percent. But Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) bucked the trend, adding 1.1 percent.

Adding to the negative tone for the outlook on the economy, British factory orders fell slightly more than expected in June as export orders had their biggest drop in more than a decade, the Confederation of British Industry said. [ID:nLI581662]

Weak energy shares were the biggest drag amongst the blue chips as oil prices CLc1 held around $71 per barrel, with BP (BP.L) Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) and BG Group (BG.L) losing 0.5 to 1.2 percent.

Miners saw some early gains reversed as metal prices remained weak amid demand concerns.

Rio Tinto (RIO.L) was the worst off, down 4.9 percent reflecting its recent rights issues, while Lonmin (LMI.L), Antofagasta (ANTO.L) and Kazakhmys KA.L lost 0.6 to 1.3 percent.

Xstrata (XTA.L), however, held firm, up 1.7 percent supported by two broker upgrades. Morgan Stanley raised its rating for the miner to “overweight” from “equal-weight”, while Citigroup upped its stance to “buy” from “hold”.

BAE Systems (BAES.L) saw good support, up 2.5 percent after UK newspaper the Daily Mail said that Saudi Arabia was considering placing an order for a further 72 Typhoon jets worth about 5 billion pounds ($8.20 billion).

Aircraft engine producer Rolls-Royce (RR.L) benefitted as well, adding 1.7 percent. (Reporting by Simon Falush; Editing by Hans Peters)
© Copyright: Reuters

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