Weyerhaeuser Co (WY): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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Weyerhaeuser ( WY) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Weyerhaeuser rose 27 cents (1%) to $26.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.41-$26.79 after having opened the day at $26.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.26. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 44.4%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 10.6%, Western Asset Mortgage Capital ( WMC), up 8.1%, and BRT Realty ( BRT), up 7.2%.
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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 $14.12 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.8, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 40.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 40.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 9.8%, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 5.7%, Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), down 5.6%, and Urstadt Biddle Properties ( UBP), down 5.2%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with General Growth Properties ( GGP) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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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