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Weyerhaeuser: A Timberland REIT Standing up to Fire

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Weyerhaeuser: A Timberland REIT Standing up to Fire PART 13 OF 13

How Wall Street Analysts Are Rating Weyerhaeuser

WY’s ratings and target price

Timberland REIT (real estate investment trust) Weyerhaeuser (WY) has been assigned a target price of $36.00, which represents an 8.6% premium based on the stock’s current price level. Six of the 12 analysts tracking WY stock have assigned it a “buy” or a “strong buy” rating. The remaining six analysts have assigned the stock a “hold” rating.

How Wall Street Analysts Are Rating Weyerhaeuser

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WY’s recent strategic initiatives and its higher-than-expected 2Q17 results may have made investors bullish about the stock and WY’s future performance. WY has recently embarked on the disposition of several of its underperforming and non-core businesses in order to focus more on its core timberland projects. The recent sale of its Uruguay timberland interests has also fueled the company’s profitability.

Peer ratings and target prices

Rayonier (RYN) has been assigned a target price of $29.29, which is 2.3% higher than the stock’s current price level. One analyst of the seven tracking the stock have rated it a “buy” or “strong buy.” While five analysts have rated the stock a “hold,” one has rated the stock as “sell.”

Domtar (UFS) has been assigned a target price of $41.57, which represents a 4% premium based on the stock’s current price level. While four analysts have rated the stock a “buy” or “strong buy,” eight have rated the stock a “hold.” The remaining two analysts have rated the stock a “sell.”

Resolute Forests Products (RFP) has been assigned a target price of $4.94, which is 3.1% lower than its current price level. Of the four analysts tracking the stock, two have rated it a “hold,” and the remaining two have rated it a “sell” or “strong sell.”

Notably, WY, RYN, and IP make up ~20% of the iShares Global Timber & Forestry ETF (WOOD), which has 23% exposure to REITs and almost 10% exposure to paper and forest products.

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