Leucadia National Corporation (LUK): Today's Featured Conglomerates Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Leucadia National Corporation ( LUK) pushed the Conglomerates sector higher today making it today's featured conglomerates winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Leucadia National Corporation rose 52 cents (1.9%) to $27.57 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of Leucadia National Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.93-$27.62 after having opened the day at $27.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.05. Other companies within the Conglomerates sector that increased today were: China Growth Equity Investment ( CGEI), up 11.6%, Tredegar Corporation ( TG), up 2%, and Global Eagle Entertainment ( ENT), up 1.9%.
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Leucadia National Corporation engages in beef processing, manufacturing, gaming entertainment, real estate activities, medical product development, and winery operations in the United States and internationally. Leucadia National Corporation has a market cap of $6.57 billion and is part of the conglomerates industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Leucadia National Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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