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 0.4%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency rose $0.28 (1.3%) to $22.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,621,111 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,654,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.20-$22.64 after having opened the day at $22.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.16. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Arbor Realty ( ABR), up 9.9%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 8.4%, BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas ( LND), up 5.5% and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 5.0%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 22.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 negative front, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 6.6%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 6.2%, Sprott Resource Lending ( SILU), down 4.6% and Maui Land & Pineapple Company ( MLP), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Ryman Hospitality Properties ( RHP) being today's real estate industry laggard.

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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