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

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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 down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose $0.15 (1.5%) to $10.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,850,595 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,566,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.20-$10.45 after having opened the day at $10.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.24. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT), up 8.7%, Trade Street Residential ( TSRE), up 4.5%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 4.5% and Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 3.5%.

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 $9.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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 notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 18.4%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 11.8%, Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), down 6.1% and Gyrodyne Company of America ( GYRO), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Weyerhaeuser ( WY) 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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