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

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Rayonier ( RYN) pushed the Conglomerates sector higher today making it today's featured conglomerates winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 2.6%. By the end of trading, Rayonier rose $1.23 (2.4%) to $53.33 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,286,764 shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 688,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.85-$53.60 after having opened the day at $52.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.10. Other companies within the Conglomerates sector that increased today were: Tredegar Corporation ( TG), up 2.0% and Lydall ( LDL), up 1.7%.
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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 $6.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Rayonier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 65.0% and Trio Merger ( TRIO), down 4.5%.

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