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

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 $17.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, eight million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.95-$17.09 after having opened the day at $16.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.95. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: HMG/Courtland Properties ( HMG), up 13.7%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 2.7%, Two Harbors Investment ( TWO), up 2.2%, and Capstead Mortgage Corporation ( CMO), up 2.1%.

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 $16.42 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.5, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 30.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five 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, good cash flow from operations 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 II ( VRTB), down 8.4%, Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 8%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 6.1%, and Stratus Properties ( STRS), down 5.5%, were all losers within the real estate industry with CIT Group ( CIT) 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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