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

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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose $0.35 (3.0%) to $11.86 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 25,060,812 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,528,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.29-$11.93 after having opened the day at $11.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.51. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Altis Resident ( RESI), up 15.1%, PMC Commercial ( PCC), up 14.9%, Optibase ( OBAS), up 9.4% and Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 6.7%.

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 $11.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 18.0% 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income.

On the negative front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 10.6%, Power REIT ( PW), down 6.3%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 5.8% and Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), down 5.2%.

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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