The world of economics is not in black and white. There are many companies that Americans say they hate that investors love and many that Americans love that investors remain wary of.
Companies like Phillip Morris, the nation's leading cigarette manufacturer, is considered bad for humanity because of tobacco's negative impact. Tobacco kills more than 400,000 Americans each year and five million worldwide. Despite the moral objection that some may have, Phillip Morris stock is up 95 percent over the past three years. This, partnered with the fact that the S&P 500 index is only up 19 percent, gives investors good reason to buy stock in the company. In the last three years, Phillip Morris has also returned more than $12 billion in dividends and increased the payments per share by 46 percent.
Phillip Morris is just one of many U.S. companies doing successful business despite being unpopular among American consumers.
In this infographic, GreatBusinessSchools.org explores three companies that investors put their money on, three companies beloved by Americans, and six reasons why they make good or bad investments.