Weyerhaeuser Co (WY): Today's Featured Real Estate Loser - TheStreet

Weyerhaeuser

(

WY

) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Weyerhaeuser fell 47 cents (-2.3%) to $20.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.17-$20.44 after having opened the day at $20.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.69. Other company's within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

SYSWIN

(

SYSW

), down 8.7%,

Elbit Imaging

(

EMITF

), down 8.1%,

IRSA Investments and Representations

(

IRS

), down 6.2%, and

Doral Financial

(

DRL

), down 5.6%.

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Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $11.15 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.5, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 40.7 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 Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

ZipRealty

(

ZIPR

), up 5.3%,

China Housing & Land Development

(

CHLN

), up 5.1%,

Roberts Realty Investors

(

RPI

), up 4.5%, and

Chimera Investment Corporation

(

CIM

), up 3.5%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with

Boston Properties

(

BXP

) being today's featured real estate industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider

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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