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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose $0.25 (2.1%) to $12.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,309,509 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,519,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.66-$12.10 after having opened the day at $11.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.82. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Altis Resident ( RESI), up 17.3%, Doral Financial ( DRL), up 10.4%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 5.8% and Zillow ( Z), up 3.8%.

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 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 6.7%, Stratus Properties ( STRS), down 6.1%, Monroe Capital ( MRCC), down 5.7% and China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 4.7% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Newcastle Investment Corporation ( NCT) 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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