Plum Creek Timber Co Inc (PCL): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Plum Creek Timber rose $0.53 (1.1%) to $46.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 683,175 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 966,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.00-$47.13 after having opened the day at $46.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.12. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Goldfield ( GV), up 10.5%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 9.1%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 6.7% and Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), up 6.7%.

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 11.9%, Avalon Holdings ( AWX), down 6.7%, Homex Development ( HXM), down 6.5% and Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Fluor Corporation ( FLR) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the materials & construction industry could consider SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF ( XHB) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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