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

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Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management fell $0.26 (-1.9%) to $13.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,387,242 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,913,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.45-$13.86 after having opened the day at $13.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.75. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: First Security Group ( FSGI), down 54.5%, Cordia Bancorp ( BVA), down 11.9%, Stratus Properties ( STRS), down 8.6% and Patriot National Bancorp ( PNBK), down 7.9%.
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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 $12.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Waterstone Financial ( WSBF), down 22.7%, Kingsway Financial Services ( KFS), down 15.1%, Credit Suisse ( DSLV), down 15.0% and Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 13.2% , were all gainers within the financial sector with JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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