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Annaly Capital Management



) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management fell $0.50 (-3.5%) to $13.92 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 24,128,577 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,542,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.81-$14.53 after having opened the day at $14.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.42. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were:

China HGS Real Estate



), down 20.7%,

Roberts Realty Investors



), down 8.1%,

JAVELIN Mortgage Investment



), down 6.6% and

CYS Investments



), down 5.7%.

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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 $13.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 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 attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,




), down 20.4%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage II



), down 16.8%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage I



), down 12.0% and

Blackstone Mortgate



), down 9.0% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with

CBRE Group



) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

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