American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC): Today's Featured Financial Loser

American Capital Agency ( AGNC) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency fell 31 cents (-0.9%) to $34.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.3 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.85-$34.82 after having opened the day at $34.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.58. Other company's within the Financial sector that declined today were: American Independence Corporation ( AMIC), down 15.8%, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), down 12.1%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 11.7%, and Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), down 11%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $10.41 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.6, 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 23.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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.

On the positive front, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), up 46.8%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 25.5%, Central Federal ( CFBK), up 23.5%, and Patriot National Bancorp ( PNBK), up 10.8%, were all gainers within the financial sector with SunTrust Banks ( STI) being today's featured financial sector winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).
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