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Annaly Capital Management



) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose $0.11 (1.0%) to $11.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,912,060 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,992,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.91-$11.09 after having opened the day at $11.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.94. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

American Spectrum Realty



), up 11.1%,

Income Opportunity Realty Investors



), up 4.3%,




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), up 3.9% and

Intergroup Corporation



), up 3.3%.

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 $10.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 22.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate 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 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 negative front,

Vestin Realty Mortgage II



), down 8.7%,

IFM Investments



), down 8.3%,

Alto Palermo



), down 5.6% and

Roberts Realty Investors



), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with

Omega Healthcare Investors



) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate



) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

ProShares Short Real Estate Fund




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