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 up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management fell $0.11 (-1.0%) to $10.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,908,927 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,440,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.73-$10.85 after having opened the day at $10.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.85. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 10.1%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 5.5%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 4.2% and LGI Homes ( LGIH), down 3.6%.

Annaly Mortgage Management, Inc. is a self-advised, self-managed real estate investment trust. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.9% 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 positive front, JGWPT Holdings Inc Class A ( JGW), up 10.6%, Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), up 8.3%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 8.2% and IFM Investments ( CTC), up 7.1% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Realty Income Corporation ( O) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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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