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Plum Creek Timber

(

PCL

) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Plum Creek Timber fell $1.76 (-3.3%) to $51.54 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,901,366 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 764,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $49.40-$51.91 after having opened the day at $50.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.30. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

Institutional Financial Markets

(

IFMI

), down 6.3%,

AmREIT

(

AMRE

), down 4.5%,

New York Mortgage

(

NYMT

), down 3.5% and

Amrep Corporation

(

AXR

), down 3.2%.

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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 $8.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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 positive front,

China HGS Real Estate

(

HGSH

), down 16.6%,

Capital

(

CT

), down 7.6%,

Sprott Resource Lending

(

SILU

), down 5.3% and

Income Opportunity Realty Investors

(

IOT

), down 4.5% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with

Simon Property Group

(

SPG

) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate

(

IYR

) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

ProShares Short Real Estate Fund

(

REK

).

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