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 0.1%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency fell $0.43 (-2.0%) to $20.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,746,070 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,393,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.67-$21.23 after having opened the day at $21.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.17. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), down 4.2%, Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT), down 3.7%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 3.0% and Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 3.0%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 27.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 19.0%, Homex Development ( HXM), up 7.0%, Walter Investment Management ( WAC), up 6.5% and American Residential Properties ( ARPI), up 4.8% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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