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

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 0.5%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency fell $0.33 (-1.4%) to $22.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,799,782 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,428,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.42-$23.05 after having opened the day at $22.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.80. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 9.2%, Marlin Business Services ( MRLN), down 7.5%, Doral Financial ( DRL), down 7.4% and Homex Development ( HXM), down 6.5%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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, Altis Resident ( RESI), up 15.2%, IFM Investments ( CTC), up 8.8%, Whitestone REIT ( WSR), up 3.6% and Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 3.3% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Weyerhaeuser ( WY) 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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