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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 0.6%. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency rose $0.44 (2.1%) to $21.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,147,482 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,322,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.52-$21.92 after having opened the day at $21.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.33. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 9.8%, Texas Pacific Land ( TPL), up 5.2%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 4.0% and Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 4.0%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 24.4%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 5.9%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 5.1% and CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) 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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