Annaly Capital shares shed 3.3% to close at $17.44 on Tuesday. The stock went ex-dividend Tuesday, meaning the security was traded without the 62-cent declared dividend. By that measure, Annaly shares fell just 0.3% in the session.

Wednesday morning Annaly shares were 0.5% higher ahead of the opening bell.

Starwood Property Trust gained 0.2% to $22.50 on Tuesday and were flat in premarket trading Wednesday. Crexus closed 1.4% lower to $11.40 on Tuesday, well off the session's lows, and the stock rose 0.4% in premarket trading Wednesday.

On Monday, equities research analysts from Lazard Capital issued a downgrade on shares of Annaly Capital to a hold rating, from a buy.

Last week analysts at Stifel Nicolaus also downgraded Annaly shares to hold from buy.

Meanwhile, analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded the REIT stock to neutral from underperform, according to a note published in late January.

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