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 0.1%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency fell $0.62 (-3.0%) to $19.92 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 14,983,119 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,820,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.85-$20.55 after having opened the day at $20.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.54. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 6.4%, Doral Financial ( DRL), down 4.8%, America First Multifamily Investors ( ATAX), down 4.6% and Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 3.3%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 29.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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 notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

On the positive front, IFM Investments ( CTC), up 15.4%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 8.1%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 7.4% and China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 6.0% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with American Tower ( AMT) 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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