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

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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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Plum Creek Timber rose $0.57 (1.2%) to $47.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 672,729 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 886,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.03-$47.94 after having opened the day at $47.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.16. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 10.1%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 7.3%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 5.4% and LSB Industries ( LXU), up 4.7%.

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 $7.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 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, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Vertex Energy ( VTNR), down 8.5%, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation ( GLDD), down 5.9%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 5.3% and Homex Development ( HXM), down 5.2% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Masco Corporation ( MAS) 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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