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Annaly Capital Management



) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose 33 cents (2.1%) to $16.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.3 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.78-$16.19 after having opened the day at $15.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.80. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

VelocityShares 2x Long Copper ETN



), up 23.7%,

Millennium India Acquisition Corporation



), up 16.7%,




), up 13.9%, and

Salisbury Bancorp



), up 13.4%.

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Annaly Capital Management, Inc., a real estate investment trust, engages in the ownership, management, and financing of a portfolio of investment securities. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 105.3, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 49.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, four 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

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