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

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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 0.4%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency fell $0.34 (-1.5%) to $22.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,863,445 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,313,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.70-$23.32 after having opened the day at $23.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.24. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 8.3%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 6.2%, Winthrop Realty ( FUR), down 5.6% and Arlington Asset Investment ( AI), down 4.2%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, MHI Hospitality Corporation ( MDH), up 5.0%, Sotherly Hotels ( SOHO), up 5.0%, Roberts Realty Investors ( RPI), up 4.7% and Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with Prologis ( PLD) 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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