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 0.5%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency rose $0.50 (2.2%) to $23.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,512,737 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,799,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.75-$23.23 after having opened the day at $22.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.71. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Altis Resident ( RESI), up 29.2%, Redwood ( RWT), up 11.3%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 9.8% and InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), up 6.3%.

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 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the negative front, Walker & Dunlop ( WD), down 15.2%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 6.9%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 5.7% and Owens Realty Mortgage ( ORM), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with UDR ( UDR) 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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