mREIT Updates: Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY) & American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC)’s Activities, ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (ARR)’s Surge

Editor’s Note: Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY), American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC), CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS), ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR)

Is It Time To Buy Annaly Capital? (Seeking Alpha)
Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY) is one of the largest, if not the largest, mortgage REITs in the U.S. It tends to be slower moving than many of the others. However, it also weathers the economic storms better than many of the others. NLY has gained roughly 500% since 1997. Over the same period the S&P500 has gained roughly 100%. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY) has performed approximately five times better than the S&P500 when you include both dividends and stock price appreciation. Plus it is more diversified that many other REITs. This can confer more safety, just as diversification is thought to confer safety on a stock portfolio.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY)

American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC), Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY), Wells Fargo & Co (WFC): Mortgage Activity Picks Up for Third Time in 17 Weeks (Insider Monkey)
The Mortgage Bankers Association reported today that applications for home loans notched a rare increase last week. The industry group’s market composite index improved by 1.3% compared to the previous seven-day period. This marks only the third time in 17 weeks the index has gone higher. At the present level, it’s off its May high by 52%. Mortgage REITs have felt the brunt of this assault. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY) watched its book value per share plummet by 14% between the first and second quarters of the year. American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC)’s was off by 12%. Not surprisingly, shares of both companies have responded in kind, falling by 15% and 13%, respectively, over the last three months alone.

Hot Stocks Alert (ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR), Walter Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WLT), Aeropostale Inc (NYSE:ARO), Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI) (SBWire)
ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR) surged up 1.22% and closed at $4.16 on a traded volume of 5.08 million shares. Last month, ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Ms. Carolyn Downey as a new independent member of the Board of Directors of the Company, effective September 3, 2013. Ms. Downey has also been appointed as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, effective September 3, 2013.

CYS Investments, Inc. to Present at RBC Capital Markets’ Financial Institutions Conference (Fort Mills Times)
CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS) (the “Company”) today announced that Kevin E. Grant, CFA, the Company’s CEO and President, will deliver a presentation at the RBC Capital Markets’ Financial Institutions Conference at The Four Seasons Boston Hotel on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at approximately 11:30 a.m. (ET). CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS) is a specialty finance company that invests on a leveraged basis in residential mortgage pass-through certificates for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae.