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Zacks Industry Rank Analysis Highlights: Plum Creek Timber and Weyerhaeuser

 Zacks Industry Rank Analysis Highlights: Plum Creek Timber and Weyerhaeuser

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, April 17, 2013

CHICAGO, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Stocks featured in this week's Zacks
Industry Rank analysis include Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL) and Weyerhaeuser
Co. (NYSE:WY).

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Zacks Industry Rank Analysis is written by John Blank, PhD, Chief Equity
Strategist, Zacks.com.

Knock on Wood

Sitting just last week at #192 on the Zack's Industry Rank list, strong recent
demand for building materials --and upgrades to earnings estimate revisions
that followed-- pushed key players in the timber industry back into the
spotlight.

This week, the Building Products/Wood Industry enjoys a Zack's Industry Rank
of #32.

Within the Building Products/Wood Industry of eight companies, there have been
5 recent positive revisions to annual earnings estimates and 0 negative
revisions. Positive estimate revisions have been averaging +15%. Admittedly,
there are also a couple of sour earnings surprises to report too.

Construction benefits directly from strong home construction volumes and
rapidly improving home prices. Industrial, Retail and Commercial demand for
building products and wood has rebounded smartly too.

Given the diverse sources in market demand for these products, there's reason
to believe demand trends will continue to provide positive revenue growth
support and further upward earnings estimate revisions. More favorable
activity by the sector's analysts should follow.

Sudden upward Zacks Rank company movement within a group, moving from a Hold
to either a Buy or Strong Buy rank is important. It reflects fresh earnings
estimate activity a savvy investor can take advantage of. Glance over the
brief descriptions of our two Q4 earnings surprise candidates. Each was
selected based on its current Zacks Rank #1 and the recent magnitude in
positive earnings surprises.

Note: Q1-13 quarterly reporting arrives for both of these companies the third
week of April.

Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL)

PCL is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). It moved up from a hold just last week.
This publicly-held timber REIT reports quarterly earnings on April 29, 2013.

The lumber, plywood, and medium density fiberboard (MDF) producer offers an
annual cash dividend of $1.68 which yields a nice 3.2% return, and showed us a
recent +69% Q4 earnings beat. Plum Creek Timber is the second largest private
timberland owner in the United States, with approximately 7.8 million acres of
timberlands located in 19 states. Their timberlands are well diversified, not
only by species mix, but also by age distribution.

Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY)

WY is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). It was bumped to its #1 rating within the
last week. It reports earnings on April 26, 2013.

The producer surprised on its Q4 EPS with a +37% beat.

Weyerhaeuser Company is principally engaged in growing and harvesting timber;
the manufacture, distribution, and sale of forest products; real estate
development and construction; and other real estate related activities. Its
business segments are timberlands; wood products; pulp, paper and packaging;
and real estate and related assets.

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