SOURCE: Rothman Research

Rothman Research

March 05, 2010 08:55 ET

High Profit Makers: Industrial Goods Sector and Great Investment Ideas

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2010) -   The biggest gains during the previous month came from companies in the industrial goods sector. Operational efficiency and profitability along the entire industrial chain is enhanced in many corporations which have adopted global corporate strategies. "Most companies belonging to this sector are highfliers; it takes a great deal to track its monthly trends across the market. Chasing these companies today will lead to great investment ideas and will provide new opportunities on stocks you have in your portfolio." says Rothman Research analyst Mathew Collier.

Recent reports conducted by leading research firm shows developments on two major Industrial Goods companies - Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) and Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY). These studies show interesting results which can guide investors in tracking great entry points to these companies.

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Owens Corning is a producer of glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composites and of residential and commercial building materials. It is a market leader in insulation. The Company operates in two business segments: composites, which include the Company's reinforcements and downstream businesses, and building materials, which includes its insulation, roofing and other businesses. Its products range from glass fiber used to reinforce composite materials for transportation, electronics, marine, infrastructure, wind-energy and other markets to insulation, roofing and manufactured stone veneer for residential, commercial and industrial applications.

During the year ended December 31, 2009, the company's composites and building materials business segments accounted for approximately 33% and 67% of total net sales. Owens Corning achieved outstanding fourth-quarter results led by record earnings in their Roofing business. The company demonstrated impressive ability to grow margins during a challenging demand environment. For more information, visit our web site at

Weyerhaeuser Co. is once among the most diversified firms in the forest product industry, with product lines spanning paper, packaging, and lumber, Weyerhaeuser is on a dramatically different path after management's strategic shift. Not long after shedding its paper business, the company cut another branch from its corporate tree, selling its packaging business to erstwhile competitor International Paper IP.

The end game probably entails operation as a timber real estate investment trust in order to take advantage of associated tax benefits. The company announced that its Cellulose Fibers business segment has successfully introduced a new grade of Kraft pulp for specific segments of the cellulose derivatives market.

Weyerhaeuser Co. and Mitsubishi Corporation signed a Strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the possibilities of collaborating in the biomass-to-energy business.

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