Warning: Annaly Capital Management (NLY) announces pricing of public offering of common stock.

Another day, another public offering of common stock by a leveraged REIT.  These companies including NLY, AGNC, and a few other high dividend stocks offer new shares to bring in money.  They use the money to leverage the purchase of 6x-9x more agency securities (back by the full faith and credit of the US govt – hahaha!!).  The people who run these companies are paid for the amount of equity they accumulate; shareholders do not come first.

Keynesian economics says deficits don’t matter.  They do.  The Greek government is learning this lesson the hard way.  When interest rates rise in the US for the same reasons these high yielding stocks will tank.  Until then they will pay high dividends.  Just know that there are significant risk with these stocks.

NLY has little earning power and a horrible balance sheet.

Disclosure: I don’t own NLY or AGNC.

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press release

July 11, 2011, 7:06 p.m. EDT

Annaly Capital Management Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock

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NEW YORK, Jul 11, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Annaly Capital Management, Inc. /quotes/zigman/189739/quotes/nls/nly NLY -2.29% today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 120,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price per share of $17.70 for expected gross proceeds of approximately $2.1 billion before expenses.

Annaly has also granted the underwriters a thirty-day option to purchase up to an additional 18,000,000 shares of common stock solely to cover overallotments. Annaly expects to use the proceeds of this offering to purchase mortgage-backed securities for its investment portfolio and for general corporate purposes, which may include additional investments and repayment of short-term indebtedness.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC is acting as the lead book-running manager for the offering. BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS Investment Bank and RCap Securities, Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers.

Annaly has filed a shelf registration statement and prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and will file a prospectus supplement for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus and other documents Annaly has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Annaly and this offering. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at http://www.sec.gov . Alternatively, Annaly, the underwriters or any dealer participating in the offering will arrange to send you the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus if you request them by contacting:

Link to the original press release http://www.marketwatch.com/story/annaly-capital-management-announces-pricing-of-public-offering-of-common-stock-2011-07-11?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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