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Annaly Capital Management Inc. (NLY): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

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Annaly Capital Management (NLY) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management fell $0.25 (-2.2%) to $10.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,226,387 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,503,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.91-$11.12 after having opened the day at $11.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.21. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: American Spectrum Realty (AQQ), down 9.8%, Viewtran Group (VIEW), down 8.9%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR (HXM), down 8.1% and VelocityShares 3x Long Silver ETN linked to (USLV), down 8.0%.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments in United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the positive front, UBS E-TRACS Fisher-Gartman Risk Off ETN (OFF), up 10.5%, Blackhawk Network Holdings (HAWK), up 9.6%, OptimumBank Holdings (OPHC), up 9.2% and Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania (RBPAA), up 8.2% , were all gainers within the financial sector with U.S. Bancorp (USB) being today's featured financial sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials (SEF).

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