American Research & Management Co. cut its stake in shares of Weyerhaeuser (NYSE:WY) by 3.8% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 113,191 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 4,440 shares during the quarter. American Research & Management Co.’s holdings in Weyerhaeuser were worth $4,030,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in WY. Clark Financial Advisors bought a new stake in shares of Weyerhaeuser during the 4th quarter worth $27,000. CX Institutional boosted its holdings in shares of Weyerhaeuser by 64.8% during the fourth quarter. CX Institutional now owns 824 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $28,000 after purchasing an additional 324 shares during the period. Chiron Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Weyerhaeuser during the third quarter worth approximately $32,000. Jeppson Wealth Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Weyerhaeuser during the third quarter worth approximately $32,000. Finally, Phoenix Wealth Advisors bought a new position in Weyerhaeuser during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $34,000. 77.46% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In related news, CFO Russell S. Hagen sold 24,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.10, for a total transaction of $770,400.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 0.27% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE:WY traded up $0.29 during trading on Thursday, reaching $37.12. The stock had a trading volume of 51,053 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,560,331. Weyerhaeuser has a 52 week low of $16.05 and a 52 week high of $37.28. The firm has a market capitalization of $27.76 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 89.83 and a beta of 1.96. The company has a quick ratio of 1.72, a current ratio of 2.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77. The stock has a fifty day simple moving average of $34.97 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $31.93.

Weyerhaeuser (NYSE:WY) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.48 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by ($0.01). Weyerhaeuser had a net margin of 4.67% and a return on equity of 3.59%. The firm had revenue of $2.11 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.96 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.03 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 36.3% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts forecast that Weyerhaeuser will post 0.95 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 19th. Investors of record on Friday, March 5th were given a dividend of $0.17 per share. This represents a $0.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.83%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 4th. Weyerhaeuser’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 174.36%.

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on WY shares. DA Davidson raised their price objective on shares of Weyerhaeuser from $29.00 to $34.00 in a research report on Monday, February 1st. Raymond James raised their price objective on shares of Weyerhaeuser from $34.00 to $37.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 2nd. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of Weyerhaeuser from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Friday, December 18th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. Weyerhaeuser has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $31.38.

About Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. We own or control approximately 11 million acres of timberlands in the U.S. and manage additional timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. We manage these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards.

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