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 up 0.3%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency rose 22 cents (0.7%) to $32.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.95-$32.29 after having opened the day at $32.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.05. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

SYSWIN

(

SYSW

), up 18.9%,

Power REIT

(

PW

), up 14.1%,

Supertel Hospitality

(

SPPR

), up 5.3%, and

MHI Hospitality Corporation

(

MDH

), up 4.5%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $9.58 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.2, equal to the average real estate industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

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, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has not been very careful in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front,

Income Opportunity Realty Investors

(

IOT

), down 9.4%,

Alto Palermo

(

APSA

), down 6.5%,

IRSA Investments and Representations

(

IRS

), down 5.8%, and

Maui Land & Pineapple Company

(

MLP

), down 4.2%, were all losers within the real estate industry with

CIT Group

(

CIT

) 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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