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

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Leucadia National Corporation ( LUK) pushed the Conglomerates sector lower today making it today's featured Conglomerates laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, Leucadia National Corporation fell $0.90 (-3.4%) to $25.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,212,878 shares of Leucadia National Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,345,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.64-$26.56 after having opened the day at $26.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.59. Other companies within the Conglomerates sector that declined today were: China Growth Equity Investment ( CGEI), down 7.1%, Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 7.1%, Global Eagle Entertainment ( ENT), down 5.7% and AcelRx Pharmaceuticals ( ACRX), down 3.4%.

Leucadia National Corporation engages in investment banking, beef processing, manufacturing, telecommunications, gaming, real estate, energy, medical product development, and winery operations in the United States and internationally. Leucadia National Corporation has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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