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

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Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management fell $0.32 (-2.6%) to $11.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,885,728 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,950,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.90-$12.13 after having opened the day at $12.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.25. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Trade Street Residential ( TSRE), down 9.8%, UCP Inc Class A ( UCP), down 6.5%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 6.5% and Zillow ( Z), down 6.4%.

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 $11.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.9% 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 positive front, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 15.6%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 13.8%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 11.4% and Armada Hoffler Properties ( AHH), up 7.6%.

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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