AGNC Investment Corp. (AGNC) Given Average Recommendation of “Hold” by Analysts

Shares of AGNC Investment Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the eleven research firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have assigned a hold recommendation and three have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $19.39.

AGNC has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Maxim Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $21.25 target price on shares of AGNC Investment in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded AGNC Investment from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company initiated coverage on AGNC Investment in a research note on Friday. They set a “market perform” rating and a $19.00 target price for the company.

Shares of AGNC Investment (NASDAQ:AGNC) traded down $0.17 during trading on Friday, hitting $19.90. The stock had a trading volume of 6,754,800 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,023,452. The company has a quick ratio of 0.24, a current ratio of 0.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05. The firm has a market capitalization of $7,830.00, a P/E ratio of 7.98 and a beta of 0.15. AGNC Investment has a 12 month low of $17.30 and a 12 month high of $22.34.

AGNC Investment (NASDAQ:AGNC) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.62 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $178.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $177.50 million. AGNC Investment had a return on equity of 12.00% and a net margin of 145.02%. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.67 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that AGNC Investment will post 2.54 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a nov 17 dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 8th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th will be paid a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 29th. This represents a yield of 11%. AGNC Investment’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 53.33%.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of AGNC. FNY Managed Accounts LLC bought a new position in AGNC Investment in the third quarter worth about $104,000. Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC lifted its holdings in AGNC Investment by 227.8% in the third quarter. Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC now owns 5,900 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $128,000 after acquiring an additional 4,100 shares during the last quarter. Dana Investment Advisors Inc. bought a new position in AGNC Investment in the third quarter worth about $214,000. Capstone Asset Management Co. bought a new position in AGNC Investment in the second quarter worth about $219,000. Finally, Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. bought a new position in AGNC Investment in the third quarter worth about $223,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 65.71% of the company’s stock.

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AGNC Investment 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 AGNC Investment (NASDAQ:AGNC)

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