American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC): Today's Featured Real Estate Winner

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 0.4%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency rose 29 cents (0.9%) to $33.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.7 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.96-$33.25 after having opened the day at $32.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.95. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 7.8%, Stratus Properties ( STRS), up 7.2%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 5.4%, and Medical Properties ( MPW), up 3.5%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $9.76 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 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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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