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

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Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose $0.48 (4.1%) to $12.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,649,551 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,708,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.65-$12.14 after having opened the day at $11.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.64. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Altis Resident ( RESI), up 29.2%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 21.4%, Redwood ( RWT), up 11.3% and China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 9.8%.

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 $11.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 17.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Tower Group ( TWGP), down 24.1%, Walker & Dunlop ( WD), down 15.2%, Credit Suisse ( DSLV), down 11.9% and CorEnergy Infrastructure ( CORR), down 10.3% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Highwoods Properties ( HIW) being today's financial sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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