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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 down 0.9%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency rose $0.30 (1.3%) to $22.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,853,500 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,871,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.50-$23.25 after having opened the day at $22.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.65. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

CYS Investments



), up 4.0%,

Transcontinental Realty Investors



), up 3.5%,

ARMOUR Residential REIT



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), up 2.5% and

Owens Realty Mortgage



), up 2.4%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Elbit Imaging



), down 8.9%,

Amrep Corporation



), down 8.4%,

Homex Development



), down 6.3% and

American Spectrum Realty



), down 5.4% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with

Host Hotels & Resorts



) 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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