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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose $0.21 (2.0%) to $10.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 17,350,359 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,436,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.56-$10.83 after having opened the day at $10.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.56. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), up 30.7%, Credit Suisse ( TVIX), up 16.7%, C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index TR ETN ( CVOL), up 15.2% and Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 9.3%.

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 $9.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, DFC Global ( DLLR), down 28.9%, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 24.0%, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Lead Total Return Sub-I ( LD), down 19.2% and Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 17.8% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Wells Fargo ( WFC) 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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