Plum Creek Timber Co., Inc.

  • Pinocchio Does Not Play Soccer

    By Damian Illia - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: PCL, RYN, WY

    At the potrero - slang for the neighborhood’s soccer field - those who can’t perform are said to have wooden legs. The slang is meant to look down on soccer players who lack dribbling skills.

    In this analysis, however, everything related to wood is good. Since the timber industry is steadily recovering, Plum Creek Timber (NYSE: PCL), Rayonier (NYSE: RYN), and Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY) have seen its reports become increasingly more »

  • REIT's: Once the Darlings, Now the Dogs?

    By Stephen Benz - July 4, 2013 | Tickers: PCL, PCH

    I'm sick and tired with the daily fluctuations in the market driven by fear and speculation over when the Federal Reserve's bond buying program known as Quantitative Easing will be slowed and eventually stopped. 

    Actually, check that.  Daily fluctuations don't bother me at all; it's the 24/7 financial news organizations fanning the flames that really grinds my gears.  The upside to all the consternation is more »

  • A Strategic Timberlands Deal

    By Anh HOANG - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: PCL, RYN, WY

    Recently, Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) has made a good move to expand its U.S. timber portfolio by acquiring Longview Timber from Brookfield Asset Management. The total transaction was worth $2.65 billion, including the assumption of debt. Weyerhaeuser has not performed well on the market, gaining only 2.4% since the beginning of the year which is much lower than the S&P 500’s return of more than more »

  • REIT Investment Opportunities Continue to Become More Diverse

    By Brian Shaw - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: AMT 131116P00072500, DLR, PCL, VNQ, WY

    Traditionally, companies that own office buildings, shopping malls, and apartment complexes have been the most likely to be structured as real estate investment trusts (or “REITs”). However, there has been a trend in recent years for a much broader range of companies to make the conversion to a REIT structure. This conversion process has been so widespread that the IRS has begun to ramp up scrutiny of the application of more »

  • A-Hunting We Will Go for Yield

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: ACAT, CAB, PCL, RGR

    After their last analyst/investor day, Cabela's (NYSE: CAB) CEO Thomas Milner invited Wall Street analysts to go hunting. Picturing Wall Street analysts in camo and orange vests reminds me of the scene in Mad Men where ad guy Ken goes hunting with the GM execs and they shoot him in the eye. "You'll shoot yer eye out!" indeed.

    Gun-toting analysts aside, hunting is big business and several more »

  • How to Build Up Your Portfolio

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: PCL, RYN, WY

    Plum Creek Timber (NYSE: PCL), one of the largest private timberland owners in the U.S., is down some 10.5% over the past month, which is well above the 2.5% pullback in the S&P 500. Now appears to be a great time to buy this market-leading timber REIT.

    Plum Creek is one of the largest private owners of timberland in the U.S., owning some 6.6 more »

  • How This Company Is Aiming Big With a $2.6 Billion Deal

    By Mike Thiessen - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: BAM, PCL, WY

    A recent deal between Federal Way, Washington-based lumber REIT Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY) and Toronto-based property management firm Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM) could have important ramifications for the firms' shareholders. Judging by its size and scope, it could have significant implications for the timber and home-building industries as well.

    The core of the deal involves the exchange of Longview Timber Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookfield. Longview owns nearly more »

  • Yelling Timber!

    By Victor Lai - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: WOOD, PCL, WY

    While this commodity doesn't get as much attention as its popular cousins oil and gold, wood is also a scarce and valuable natural resource.  What's more, I think the secular case for lumber is strong due to how the world is changing.  As countries develop and industrialize, they typically follow a pattern of building and resource consumption.  It starts with demand for concrete to lay out a foundation more »

  • A Win-Win Scenario

    By Brendan Marasco - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: PCL, PLD, BX, WY

    Earning income from owning profit-producing assets sounds great. It is.

    Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) should comprise a part of each person’s asset allocation. Are you living in retirement, wanting supplemental dividend payments? Are you paying down the mortgage on that first house? How about the extra cash to take your family out to dinner? Regardless of the scenario, REITs can be an effective solution to portfolio needs.

    Why more »

  • The Last Remaining Play on the Housing Recovery

    By Ted Cooper - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: PCL, RYN, WY

    Investors who are just now recognizing that a broad recovery in the U.S. housing market is well underway are almost too late to the party -- nearly every stock connected with the housing industry has run up already. However, despite the broader run-up in prices, some of the uglier and more cyclical businesses still trade at decent prices for investors who want to catch the tail-end of the rally.

    Most more »

  • Play It Safe With This Timber REIT

    By Mark Lin - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: PCL, PCH, WY

    Timber REITs are more defensive and better inflation hedges than other types of REITs. But not all timber REITs are created equal. Plum Creek Timber (NYSE: PCL), North America’s first and largest timber REIT, is the best proxy for the growth in demand for timber with the recovery in the U.S. housing market, given that it has limited non-timberland businesses unlike its peers. Furthermore, its attractiveness relative to more »

  • Timber Investing for the Average Investor

    By Jeff Stouffer - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: WOOD, PCL, WY

    Investing in timber has always been one of my preferred alternative investments. Returns are based more on the supply and demand of timber than the overall stock market. One of the key fundamental drivers for timber is new housing construction. Home building appears to be on a rebound, and all the excesses that occurred before the market meltdown of 2008 seem to be absorbed.

    Direct investment in timber has primarily more »

  • Harvard Likes the Housing Market

    By Reuben Brewer - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: DHI, LEN, PCL, WY

    Harvard University's endowment has an impressive track record when it comes to investing. The endowment's head recently told a Thomson Reuters-sponsored conference that the housing rebound is a “bright spot” in the U.S. market. Here are a few ways to invest in the space.

    A Good Record

    According to Reuters: “Over the last two decades, Harvard's $31 billion endowment, the nation's largest, has delivered annualized more »

  • 3 REITs to Bolster Your Portfolio

    By Ash Anderson - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: ACC, MTGE, PCL

    When it comes to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), there’s a multitude out there. Some buy up health centers while some focus on shopping malls. One thing that all of these REITs have in common is that they must distribute 90% of their taxable income to investors.

    These REITs are publicly traded, which means we can get our hands on these juicy 90% payouts while holding a diversified bundle more »

  • Three REITs to Bolster Your Portfolio Yield

    By Ash Anderson - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: ACC, MTGE, PCL

    When it comes to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), there’s a multitude out there. Some buy up health centers while some focus on shopping malls. One thing that all of these REITs have in common is that they must distribute 90% of their taxable income to investors.

    These REITs are publicly traded, which means we can get our hands on these juicy 90% payouts while holding a diversified bundle more »

  • Housing Is Back! These Stocks Will Benefit from the Recovery

    By Brian Shaw - April 13, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, FCX, PCL, WSM

    Housing is back. Housing starts have climbed to the highest levels in five years, inventory is low in many areas of the country, and continued low interest rates continue to persuade potential buyers to jump into the real estate fray. The painful memories of the past five years seem to be dissipating quickly, and homebuyers guides are declaring the end of the severe reduction in home prices and construction activity more »

  • Housing Is Back! These Stocks Will Benefit from the Recovery

    By Brian Shaw - April 13, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, FCX, PCL, WSM

    Housing is back. Housing starts have climbed to the highest levels in five years, inventory is low in many areas of the country, and continued low interest rates continue to persuade potential buyers to jump into the real estate fray. The painful memories of the past five years seem to be dissipating quickly, and homebuyers guides are declaring the end of the severe reduction in home prices and construction activity more »

  • The Last Remaining Play on the Housing Recovery

    By Ted Cooper - April 13, 2013 | Tickers: PCL, RYN, WY

    Investors who are just now recognizing that a broad recovery in the U.S. housing market is well underway are almost too late to the party -- nearly every stock connected with the housing industry has run up already. However, despite the broader run-up in prices, some of the uglier and more cyclical businesses still trade at decent prices for investors who want to catch the tail-end of the rally.

    Most more »

  • Housing Is Back! These Stocks Will Benefit from the Recovery

    By Brian Shaw - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, FCX, PCL, WSM

    Housing is back. Housing starts have climbed to the highest levels in five years, inventory is low in many areas of the country, and continued low interest rates continue to persuade potential buyers to jump into the real estate fray. The painful memories of the past five years seem to be dissipating quickly, and homebuyers guides are declaring the end of the severe reduction in home prices and construction activity more »

  • It's Good To Be Green

    By Reuben Brewer - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: PCL, RYN, WY

    When it comes to recycling, the ultimate recyclable products come from trees. The three most notable companies in the lumber space, Plum Creek Timber (NYSE: PCL), Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY), and Rayonier (NYSE: RYN), are worth watching for more aggressive investors.

    Trees Grow Back

    The environmental impact of plastic has led people to seek out alternatives. The most logical substitute is often an old favorite—paper. Not only is paper biodegradable more »

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