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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Rayonier rose $1.10 (2.0%) to $55.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 628,266 shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 643,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.53-$56.20 after having opened the day at $54.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.68. Other companies within the Conglomerates sector that increased today were: Global Eagle Entertainment ( ENT), up 3.8%, Harbinger Group ( HRG), up 2.5%, Tredegar Corporation ( TG), up 2.2% and Steel Partner Holdings ( SPLP), up 1.9%.

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 $6.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 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, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, China Growth Equity Investment ( CGEI), down 5.1%, Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 5.1% and Dex Media ( DXM), down 2.4%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the conglomerates sector could consider SPDR Trust Series 1 ( SPY) while those bearish on the conglomerates sector could consider ProShares Short S&P 500 ( SH).

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