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

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Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management fell $0.32 (-2.1%) to $14.73 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19,651,488 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,142,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.55-$15.06 after having opened the day at $15.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.05. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: America First Tax Exempt Investors L.P ( ATAX), down 6.1%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 3.3%, ARMOUR Residential REIT ( ARR), down 3.2% and BRT Realty ( BRT), down 3.0%.
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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 $14.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 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 attractive valuation levels, 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 positive front, Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), down 17.6%, Capital ( CT), down 11.8%, Blackstone Mortgate ( BXMT), down 11.8% and American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 10.1% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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