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Annaly Capital Management



) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management fell $0.34 (-3.3%) to $9.86 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 32,063,259 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,505,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.86-$10.20 after having opened the day at $10.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.20. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were:

DFC Global



), down 7.6%,

Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares



), down 7.4%,

OptimumBank Holdings



), down 6.5% and

American Realty Investors



), down 6.4%.

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 $9.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 27.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Annaly Capital Management

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

On the positive front,

IFM Investments

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), up 15.4%,

Grupo Financiero Galicia



), up 10.2%,

Tile Shop Holdings



), up 8.7% and

Ladenburg Thalman Financial Services



), up 8.1% , were all gainers within the financial sector with

Principal Financial Group



) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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