On Tuesday, as investors anticipated a more hawkish tone by the Federal Reserve and its chair Ben Bernanke, residential REITs underperformed broader markets and the financial sector as a whole.

Wednesday, as markets continued to plunge in the wake of Bernanke's comments at a 2 p.m ET press briefing, mortgage REIT American Capital Agency Corp. ( AGNC) underperformed broader markets.

-- Written by Antoine Gara in New York

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