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Plum Creek Timber Co Inc (PCL): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Plum Creek Timber rose $0.61 (1.2%) to $51.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 954,751 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 758,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.39-$51.43 after having opened the day at $50.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.67. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 11.1%, Universal Forest Products ( UFPI), up 8.5%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 7.3% and Argan ( AGX), up 4.8%.

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Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 10.6%, Ryland Group ( RYL), down 6.0%, Veolia Environnement ( VE), down 4.8% and Tri-Tech ( TRIT), down 4.4% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with DR Horton ( DHI) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the materials & construction industry could consider SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF ( XHB) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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