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Apollo Residential Mortgage

Dividend Yield: 9.20%

Apollo Residential Mortgage (NYSE: AMTG) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.20%.

Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc. primarily invests in residential mortgage assets in the United States.

The average volume for Apollo Residential Mortgage has been 360,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Apollo Residential Mortgage has a market cap of $558.8 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 17.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Residential Mortgage as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 84.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $55.84 million to $8.53 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, APOLLO RESIDENTIAL MTG INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of APOLLO RESIDENTIAL MTG INC has not done very well: it is down 23.69% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • APOLLO RESIDENTIAL MTG INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, APOLLO RESIDENTIAL MTG INC swung to a loss, reporting -$1.91 versus $8.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.07 versus -$1.91).
  • The gross profit margin for APOLLO RESIDENTIAL MTG INC is currently very high, coming in at 85.13%. Regardless of AMTG's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 20.94% trails the industry average.

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