Plum Creek Timber Co Inc (PCL): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Plum Creek Timber rose $0.73 (1.7%) to $43.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,615,390 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,470,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.71-$43.67 after having opened the day at $42.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.88. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: QC Holdings ( QCCO), up 18.6%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 18.6%, Oak Valley Bancorp ( OVLY), up 16.5% and Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 15.3%.

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 materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 24.7%, Credit Suisse ( UGAZ), down 15.5%, Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 14.4% and Value Line ( VALU), down 9.7% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) being today's financial sector laggard.

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