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

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Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose 15 cents (1.1%) to $14.22 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 25.4 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.72-$14.39 after having opened the day at $13.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.07. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Bluegreen Corporation ( BXG), up 55.6%, Maui Land & Pineapple Company ( MLP), up 12.7%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 7.3%, and Western Asset Mortgage Capital ( WMC), up 7%.
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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 $14.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), down 9%, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 6.6%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 6.2%, and Stag Industrial ( STAG), down 4.1%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with American Tower ( AMT) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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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