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American Capital Agency



) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency rose $1 (3.1%) to $33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.9 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.56-$33.02 after having opened the day at $32.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

W. P. Carey



), up 8.9%,

Marlin Business Services



), up 6.6%,

Doral Financial



), up 6.1%, and

Roberts Realty Investors



), up 5.7%.

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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $10.93 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.9, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of eight and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Maui Land & Pineapple Company



), down 14.7%,

PMC Commercial



), down 10%,

UMH Properties



), down 5.2%, and

Hersha Hospitality



), down 3.6%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with

CBRE Group



) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate



) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

ProShares Short Real Estate Fund




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