NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for American Capital Agency (Nasdaq: AGNC) is tomorrow, December 20, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of $1.40 per share. At a price of $29.12 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 19.4%.

The average volume for American Capital Agency has been 5.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. American Capital Agency has a market cap of $5.32 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.1, equal to the average real estate industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report.

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