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 down 0.3%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency rose $0.28 (1.4%) to $20.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,492,540 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,073,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.51-$20.90 after having opened the day at $20.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.56. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 5.3%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 5.3%, Power REIT ( PW), up 3.7% and CYS Investments ( CYS), up 3.1%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 22.3%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 10.4%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 4.7% and IFM Investments ( CTC), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with General Growth Properties ( GGP) 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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