American Capital Agency

(

AGNC

) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency rose 26 cents (0.9%) to $28.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.86-$28.25 after having opened the day at $27.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.88. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

Power REIT

(

PW

), up 6.8%,

IRSA Investments and Representations Inc

(

IRS

), up 5.7%,

Pacific Office Properties Trust Inc

(

PCE

), up 4.3%, and

MHI Hospitality Corporation

(

MDH

), up 3.9%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It invests in residential mortgage pass-through securities and collateralized mortgage obligations for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by a U.S. Government agency or U.S. American Capital Agency has a market cap of $5.13 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.9, equal to the average real estate industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Income Opportunity Realty Investors

(

IOT

), down 17.6%,

Grubb & Ellis Company

(

GBE

), down 11.4%,

Doral Financial

(

DRL

), down 9.5%, and

FelCor Lodging Trust Inc

(

FCH

), down 9.2%, were all losers within the real estate industry with

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc

(

HST

) being today's real estate industry loser.

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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