altria has risen to the top of the Nasdaq for the first time this year, trading at $37.60 per share, a gain of 7 cents.
Shares closed higher at $39.15 per share.
Shares have risen more than 10% over the past year.
Investors are paying more attention to altria and its acquisition of Nasdaq-listed company E-Cigarette, which aims to connect vaping devices with a smoker’s electronic cigarettes.
The company also has its sights set on becoming a dominant player in the e-cigarette market, said Chris Wood, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets.
The company, based in Charlotte, N.C., has been looking to expand into the e