AGNC Investment Corp Can’t Be More Risky. Option Traders Sell It

 AGNC Investment Corp Can't Be More Risky. Option Traders Sell It

In today’s session AGNC Investment Corp (AGNC) recorded an unusually high (2,136) contracts volume of put trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the January, 2017 put, expecting serious AGNC decrease. With 2,136 contracts traded and 12644 open interest for the Jan, 17 contract, it seems this is a quite bearish bet. The option with symbol: AGNC170120P00019000 closed last at: $0.38 or 15.2% up. About 458,923 shares traded hands. AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) has risen 2.50% since April 11, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 3.64% the S&P500.

AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) Ratings Coverage

Out of 9 analysts covering American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC), 4 rate it a “Buy”, 1 “Sell”, while 4 “Hold”. This means 44% are positive. $24 is the highest target while $18.50 is the lowest. The $21.22 average target is 9.27% above today’s ($19.42) stock price. American Capital Agency Corp. has been the topic of 17 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. Bank of America upgraded the shares of AGNC in a report on Wednesday, June 29 to “Neutral” rating. The stock of AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, October 27 by Wunderlich. On Monday, July 18 the stock rating was downgraded by JP Morgan to “Neutral”. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, August 3 with “Outperform”. Compass Point upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Thursday, August 13 report. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Friday, July 8 by Nomura. As per Monday, May 23, the company rating was upgraded by Wunderlich. The stock has “Buy” rating given by Nomura on Wednesday, August 12. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, October 28 with “Outperform”. The firm earned “Underweight” rating on Wednesday, December 16 by Morgan Stanley.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “AGNC Investment Corp. is an internally-managed real estate investment trust. It invests in agency mortgage-backed securities on a leveraged basis, financed primarily through collateralized borrowings structured as repurchase agreements. AGNC Investment Corp., formerly known as American Capital Agency Corp., is based in Bethesda, Maryland.”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment decreased to 1.2 in 2016 Q2. Its down 0.11, from 1.31 in 2016Q1. The ratio dropped, as 34 funds sold all AGNC Investment Corp shares owned while 98 reduced positions. 36 funds bought stakes while 123 increased positions. They now own 185.52 million shares or 6.21% less from 197.82 million shares in 2016Q1.
Blackrock Advisors Ltd holds 208,847 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Value Advisers Llc last reported 1.05% of its portfolio in the stock. Moreover, Synovus has 0% invested in AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) for 3,823 shares. Natixis Asset last reported 0.78% of its portfolio in the stock. Us Bancshares De has invested 0% of its portfolio in AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC). Shinko Asset Mngmt Ltd holds 0% or 11,525 shares in its portfolio. Commonwealth Savings Bank Of Aus accumulated 0% or 3,100 shares. Amp Cap Ltd has 0.01% invested in the company for 80,787 shares. Principal Financial Gp reported 42,706 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Gateway Investment Advisers Limited Liability, a Ohio-based fund reported 735,423 shares. Financial Ser Corp accumulated 0.04% or 3,588 shares. Tricadia Cap Limited Liability owns 40,700 shares or 0.27% of their US portfolio. Parallax Volatility Advisers Lp accumulated 787 shares or 0% of the stock. Assetmark last reported 0% of its portfolio in the stock. North Star Mngmt holds 0% or 1,300 shares in its portfolio.

Insider Transactions: Since June 2, 2016, the stock had 0 insider purchases, and 10 selling transactions for $13.64 million net activity. Kuehl Christopher also sold $3.01M worth of AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) shares. $7.21 million worth of AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) was sold by Kain Gary D on Tuesday, July 5. The insider Federico Peter J sold 1,643 shares worth $32,467. Shares for $185,804 were sold by Bell Bernice. Another trade for 3,323 shares valued at $63,137 was sold by Davis Morris A..

AGNC Investment Corp., formerly American Capital Agency Corp., is an internally managed real estate investment trust . The company has a market cap of $6.31 billion. The Firm primarily invests on a leveraged basis in agency mortgage-backed securities (agency MBS). It has a 41.81 P/E ratio. 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).

AGNC Company Profile

AGNC Investment Corp., formerly American Capital Agency Corp., incorporated on January 7, 2008, is an internally managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Firm 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). The Firm also focuses on investing in other assets related to agency securities and approximately 10% of its assets in AAA non-agency and commercial mortgage-backed securities (collectively, AAA non-agency MBS).

More recent AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “11% Yield And An Upgrade On Improving Fundamentals” on November 11, 2016. Also Seekingalpha.com published the news titled: “What Should Investors Expect When AGNC Investment Corp. Reports?” on October 24, 2016. Prnewswire.com‘s news article titled: “AGNC Investment Corp. Announces Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results” with publication date: October 24, 2016 was also an interesting one.

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