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

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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 0.2%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency fell $0.85 (-2.8%) to $30.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,680,043 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,697,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.48-$30.92 after having opened the day at $30.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.89. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 28.2%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 4.0%, Arbor Realty ( ABR), down 3.6% and Franklin Street Properties Corporation ( FSP), down 3.5%.
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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $12.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), down 11.8%, Capital ( CT), down 11.8%, Blackstone Mortgate ( BXMT), down 11.8% and Preferred Apartment Communities ( APTS), down 5.9% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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