Declines From American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) Drive Down Real Estate Industry

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American Capital Agency ( AGNC) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency fell 54 cents (-1.7%) to $31.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, seven million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.82-$32.60 after having opened the day at $32.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.36. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Select Income REIT ( SIR), down 4%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 4%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 3.6%, and Preferred Apartment Communities ( APTS), down 2.8%.
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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $10.73 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

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 disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 29.7%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 7.7%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), up 6.9%, and Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 6.4%, were all gainers within the real estate industry with Digital Realty ( DLR) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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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