Annaly Capital Management Inc. (NLY): Today's Favorite Real Estate Gainer

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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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose 23 cents (1.5%) to $15.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.5 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of nine million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.65-$15.89 after having opened the day at $15.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.66. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 33.3%, Gramercy Capital Corporation ( GKK), up 8.1%, Texas Pacific Land ( TPL), up 6.2%, and Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), up 5.7%.
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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 $15.24 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, two 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 3.5%, Transcontinental Realty ( TCI), down 2.9%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 2.6%, and Icahn ( IEP), down 2.2%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM) 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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