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

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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 0.6%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency rose $0.38 (1.2%) to $33.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,199,737 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,130,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.71-$33.17 after having opened the day at $32.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.79. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 6.8%, Walter Investment Management ( WAC), up 5.0%, Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), up 4.6% and Education Realty ( EDR), up 3.6%.
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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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 negative front, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 23.6%, Capital ( CT), down 10.8%, Maui Land & Pineapple Company ( MLP), down 8.7% and Gladstone Land ( LAND), down 4.5% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Senior Housing Properties ( SNH) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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