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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for American Capital Agency (Nasdaq: AGNC) is Monday, March 5, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of $1.25 per share. At a price of $30.95 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 16.3%. The average volume for American Capital Agency has been 4.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. American Capital Agency has a market cap of $5.36 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 6.1, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 4.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.