American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eleven ratings firms that are covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $19.61.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of American Capital Agency Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. Maxim Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $21.25 price objective on shares of American Capital Agency Corp. in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $19.00 price objective on shares of American Capital Agency Corp. in a research report on Tuesday, July 4th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of American Capital Agency Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 30th.

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American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) traded up 0.41% during trading on Thursday, hitting $21.85. 2,065,902 shares of the stock were exchanged. American Capital Agency Corp. has a 12-month low of $17.30 and a 12-month high of $22.34.

American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.67 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $181.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $203.44 million. American Capital Agency Corp. had a net margin of 161.49% and a return on equity of 12.08%. The firm’s revenue was down 16.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.73 EPS. Equities research analysts predict that American Capital Agency Corp. will post $2.53 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a oct 17 dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 9th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 30th. American Capital Agency Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is presently 44.63%.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC increased its stake in shares of American Capital Agency Corp. by 24.3% during the 1st quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 5,584 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $111,000 after purchasing an additional 1,090 shares during the last quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. acquired a new position in shares of American Capital Agency Corp. during the 2nd quarter worth about $219,000. Level Four Advisory Services LLC increased its stake in shares of American Capital Agency Corp. by 8.5% during the 1st quarter. Level Four Advisory Services LLC now owns 11,648 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $235,000 after purchasing an additional 913 shares during the last quarter. BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd acquired a new position in shares of American Capital Agency Corp. during the 1st quarter worth about $315,000. Finally, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ acquired a new position in shares of American Capital Agency Corp. during the 1st quarter worth about $344,000. Institutional investors own 56.04% of the company’s stock.

American Capital Agency Corp. Company Profile

AGNC Investment Corp., formerly American Capital Agency Corp., is a real estate investment trust. The Company invests in agency residential mortgage-backed securities on a leveraged basis. Its 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).

Analyst Recommendations for American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC)

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