Annaly Capital Management Inc. (NLY): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

The real estate industry closed the day up 1.8%. Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railroad ( PW), Thomas Properties Group Inc ( TPGI), FelCor Lodging Trust Inc ( FCH), and Intergroup Corporation ( INTG) were all winners today within the real estate industry with Annaly Capital Management Inc ( NLY) being today's featured real estate winner. Annaly Capital Management Inc rose 33 cents (2.1%) to $16.12 on light volume. Throughout the day, 12.9 million shares of Annaly Capital Management Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27.5 million shares.

Operates as a REIT that owns, manages and finances a portfolio of investment securities, including mortgage pass-through certificates, CMOs, agency callable debentures, and other securities representing interests in or obligations backed by pools of mortgage loans. Annaly Capital Management Inc has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.4, equal to the average real estate industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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, China Housing & Land Development Inc ( CHLN), Supertel Hospitality Inc ( SPPR), InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), and Sprott Resource Lending ( SILU) were all losers within the real estate industry with E-House China Holdings ( EJ) being today's real estate industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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