American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) has been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the fifteen brokerages that are presently covering the firm. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have given a hold recommendation and seven have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $20.75.

A number of analysts have recently commented on AGNC shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of American Capital Agency Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, September 28th. Vetr upgraded shares of American Capital Agency Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $19.53 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, October 6th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $20.00 price target on shares of American Capital Agency Corp. in a research note on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. lifted their price target on shares of American Capital Agency Corp. from $18.00 to $19.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 3rd.

Shares of American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) opened at 19.16 on Tuesday. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $19.45 and a 200 day moving average of $19.38. American Capital Agency Corp. has a 1-year low of $15.69 and a 1-year high of $20.43.

American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 24th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.52 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.55 by $0.97. American Capital Agency Corp. had a net margin of 20.87% and a return on equity of 10.23%. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.51 earnings per share.

The business also recently announced a nov 16 dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 8th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 30th will be issued a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 28th. American Capital Agency Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 469.57%.

In other news, CFO Peter J. Federico sold 1,643 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.76, for a total value of $32,465.68. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Gary D. Kain sold 3,931 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.76, for a total transaction of $77,676.56. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.49% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in AGNC. Paradigm Asset Management Co. LLC increased its stake in American Capital Agency Corp. by 5.0% in the second quarter. Paradigm Asset Management Co. LLC now owns 5,850 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $116,000 after buying an additional 277 shares during the last quarter. Invictus RG acquired a new stake in American Capital Agency Corp. during the second quarter worth about $124,000. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. increased its stake in American Capital Agency Corp. by 8.6% in the second quarter. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. now owns 9,490 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $185,000 after buying an additional 750 shares during the last quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. increased its stake in American Capital Agency Corp. by 2.0% in the second quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 10,055 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $199,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. acquired a new stake in American Capital Agency Corp. during the second quarter worth about $202,000. 56.17% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

American Capital Agency Corp. Company Profile

American Capital Agency Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company primarily invests on a leveraged basis in agency mortgage-backed securities (agency MBS). The Company’s investments consist of residential mortgage pass-through securities and collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by a government-sponsored enterprise, such as the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), or by the United States Government agency, such as the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) (collectively, GSEs).

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