Weyerhaeuser Co (WY): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Weyerhaeuser ( WY) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Weyerhaeuser rose $0.33 (1.2%) to $27.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,486,658 shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,350,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.32-$27.82 after having opened the day at $27.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.48. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 18.7%, Gafisa ( GFA), up 12.5%, Darling International ( DAR), up 7.4% and Xinyuan Real Estate ( XIN), up 6.3%.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Homex Development ( HXM), down 9.4%, Ryland Group ( RYL), down 5.4%, M/I Homes ( MHO), down 4.6% and KB Home ( KBH), down 4.4% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with DR Horton ( DHI) 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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