Shares of American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) have been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the twelve analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $19.66.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of American Capital Agency Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of American Capital Agency Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, August 4th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $20.00 price objective on shares of American Capital Agency Corp. in a report on Friday, July 28th. Maxim Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $21.25 price objective on shares of American Capital Agency Corp. in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of American Capital Agency Corp. in a report on Tuesday, July 4th.

Shares of American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) traded up 0.52% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $21.11. 7,429,959 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. The firm has a market cap of $7.51 billion, a P/E ratio of 4.42 and a beta of 0.20. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $21.32 and its 200 day moving average is $20.78.

American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.67 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.60 by $0.07. American Capital Agency Corp. had a net margin of 161.49% and a return on equity of 12.08%. The firm had revenue of $181.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $203.44 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.73 EPS. The business’s revenue was down 16.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that American Capital Agency Corp. will post $2.53 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a sep 17 dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 10th. Investors of record on Friday, September 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.18 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 28th. American Capital Agency Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is currently 44.63%.

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A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in AGNC. First Trust Advisors LP bought a new position in American Capital Agency Corp. during the 1st quarter valued at about $13,680,000. US Bancorp DE lifted its holdings in American Capital Agency Corp. by 16.9% during the 1st quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 25,459 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $507,000 after purchasing an additional 3,682 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its holdings in American Capital Agency Corp. by 0.5% during the 1st quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 1,626,059 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $32,343,000 after purchasing an additional 8,304 shares during the last quarter. Comerica Bank lifted its holdings in American Capital Agency Corp. by 10.5% during the 1st quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 36,617 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $782,000 after purchasing an additional 3,465 shares during the last quarter. Finally, World Asset Management Inc lifted its holdings in American Capital Agency Corp. by 1.8% during the 1st quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 18,670 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $371,000 after purchasing an additional 334 shares during the last quarter. 60.77% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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