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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose $0.30 (2.6%) to $11.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,426,696 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,771,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.67-$11.90 after having opened the day at $11.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.48. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Unity Bancorp ( UNTY), up 11.6%, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 10.6%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 9.9% and Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 7.8%.

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 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 17.4%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Silver ETN S&P GS ( DSLV), down 8.2%, NTS Realty Holdings ( NLP), down 8.0% and Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), down 7.0% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Radian Group ( RDN) 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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