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Rayonier Inc. (RYN): Today's Featured Conglomerates Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Rayonier (RYN) pushed the Conglomerates sector lower today making it today's featured Conglomerates laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Rayonier fell 83 cents (-1.7%) to $48.77 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 800,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.54-$49.97 after having opened the day at $49.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.60.

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Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Rayonier has a market cap of $6.13 billion and is part of the conglomerates industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.3, equal to the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Rayonier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rayonier as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the conglomerates sector could consider SPDR Trust Series one (SPY) while those bearish on the conglomerates sector could consider ProShares Short S&P 500 (SH).

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