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

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Rayonier ( RYN) pushed the Conglomerates sector lower today making it today's featured Conglomerates laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Rayonier fell 89 cents (-1.8%) to $48.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 914,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.27-$49.23 after having opened the day at $49.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.24. Another company within the Conglomerates sector that decreased today was Tredegar Corporation ( TG), down 4.6%.
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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 $6.08 billion and is part of the conglomerates industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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