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 $0.27 (1.4%) to $19.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,086,880 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,393,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.40-$19.76 after having opened the day at $19.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.48. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: KKR Financial Holdings ( KFN), up 30.6%, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), up 8.7%, J.W. Mays ( MAYS), up 5.5% and Liberty Property ( LRY), up 3.8%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.6 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 32.6% 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 10 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, reasonable valuation levels 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, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 9.6%, China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), down 5.2%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 3.7% and Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Weyerhaeuser ( WY) 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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