Annaly Capital Management

(

NLY

) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose 10 cents (0.6%) to $16.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.59-$16.72 after having opened the day at $16.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.60. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

Maui Land & Pineapple Company

(

MLP

), up 11.8%,

Power REIT

(

PW

), up 7.7%,

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings

(

NSM

), up 7.2%, and

Stratus Properties

(

STRS

), up 7%.

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 $16.11 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.7, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 29.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Vestin Realty Mortgage I

(

VRTA

), down 12%,

SYSWIN

(

SYSW

), down 7.3%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage II

(

VRTB

), down 6.1%, and

New York Mortgage

(

NYMT

), down 4%, were all losers within the real estate industry with

HCP

(

HCP

) being today's real estate industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider

iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate

(

IYR

) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

ProShares Short Real Estate Fund

(

REK

).

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