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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management fell $0.17 (-1.5%) to $11.18 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 20,461,475 shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,775,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.16-$11.39 after having opened the day at $11.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.35. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 11.2%, PennyMac Financial Services ( PFSI), down 6.3%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 5.2% and Arlington Asset Investment ( AI), down 4.9%.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 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, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 6.2%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 5.4%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 4.5% and Wheeler Real Estate Investment ( WHLR), up 3.4% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) 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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