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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, American Capital Agency rose $0.31 (1.4%) to $22.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,278,011 shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,898,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.20-$22.65 after having opened the day at $22.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.29. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were: American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 12.2%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), up 8.5%, Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 4.7% and Redwood ( RWT), up 3.0%.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate 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 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, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 10.1%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 8.4%, Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), down 5.2% and IFM Investments ( CTC), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the real estate industry with Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL) 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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