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 down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose $0.22 (1.4%) to $15.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,157,052 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,633,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.55-$15.75 after having opened the day at $15.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.53. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 11.4%, Marlin Business Services ( MRLN), up 7.4%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 5.5% and China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 4.2%.
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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 $15.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 8.0%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 5.9%, Newcastle Investment Corporation ( NCT), down 3.5% and Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 3.4% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Vornado Realty ( VNO) 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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