American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) Earning Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Finds

News stories about American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Capital Agency Corp. earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.7352110834091 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

AGNC has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Deutsche Bank AG boosted their price objective on American Capital Agency Corp. from $18.50 to $19.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, April 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised American Capital Agency Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $24.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and set a $19.50 target price on shares of American Capital Agency Corp. in a research note on Tuesday, May 30th. BidaskClub raised American Capital Agency Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 14th. Finally, Maxim Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $21.25 target price on shares of American Capital Agency Corp. in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $20.14.

American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) opened at 21.50 on Thursday. American Capital Agency Corp. has a 1-year low of $17.30 and a 1-year high of $22.34. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $21.31 and its 200 day moving average price is $20.47.

American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) last released 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. American Capital Agency Corp. had a return on equity of 12.08% and a net margin of 161.49%. The company had revenue of $181 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $203.44 million. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.73 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 16.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that American Capital Agency Corp. will post $2.51 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a aug 17 dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 31st will be given a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 29th. American Capital Agency Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 44.63%.

In other American Capital Agency Corp. news, Director Morris A. Davis sold 3,741 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.80, for a total value of $77,812.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.47% of the company’s stock.

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About American Capital Agency Corp.

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).

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