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Enough top-performing CAPS members have turned bullish on Annaly Capital Management (NYSE:NLY) recently to upgrade it from its long held two-star rank to a more formidable three stars. A total of 1,039 members have weighed in on the real estate investment firm, with many of them offering analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

With the mortgage-related mess claiming AIG, Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM), and then Wachovia (NYSE:WB), it seems like the real estate meltdown is claiming another new victim each day. As a holder of mortgage securities, Annaly has certainly felt the effects of the financial markets' current conditions, but also has some tailwinds in its favor.

Annaly and banks like Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), may actually benefit from the Fannie Mae (NYSE:FNM) and Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE) bailout. The government backing provides lower funding costs for Annaly and an opportunity for increased spreads for increased profits. It would also benefit from any potential further interest rate cuts from the Fed.

The profits from its Fannie and Freddie guaranteed securities helped Annaly profit from the pain in second quarter net income of $308 million, or $0.60 per share, which is double the $0.30 per share in the prior year. It's also paying out double what it paid in dividends for the same period last year, currently yielding more than 15%. While many investors have completely written off mortgage-related investments, 87% of the CAPS members rating Annaly Capital Management expect it to outperform the market.

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Fool contributor Dave Mock recently upgraded his lunchtime routine with a power nap. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. Annaly Capital Management and Bank of America are Income Investor recommendations. The Fool's disclosure policy created a rumble in the jungle when it was first released.