Traders See Bearish Options Activity AGNC Investment Corp

 Traders See Bearish Options Activity AGNC Investment Corp

In today’s session AGNC Investment Corp (AGNC) recorded an unusually high (2,343) contracts volume of put trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the December, 2016 put, expecting serious AGNC decrease. With 2,343 contracts traded and 43844 open interest for the Dec, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bearish bet. The option with symbol: AGNC161216P00019000 closed last at: $0.31 or 6.9% up. About 178,400 shares traded hands. AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) has risen 2.29% since April 20, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.26% 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 10.29% above today’s ($19.24) stock price. American Capital Agency Corp. has been the topic of 17 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to “Underweight” rating in Wednesday, December 16 report. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Bank of America given on Wednesday, June 29. The stock of AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) earned “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, August 3. On Thursday, August 13 the stock rating was upgraded by Compass Point to “Buy”. As per Friday, July 8, the company rating was downgraded by Nomura. On Monday, July 18 the stock rating was downgraded by JP Morgan to “Neutral”. The firm has “Buy” rating by Nomura given on Wednesday, August 12. Wunderlich downgraded the shares of AGNC in a report on Tuesday, October 27 to “Hold” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) on Wednesday, October 28 with “Outperform” rating. The stock has “Buy” rating given by Wunderlich on Monday, May 23.

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 0.5 in 2016 Q2. Its down 0.70, from 1.2 in 2016Q1. The ratio fall, 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.
Jane Street Grp Limited owns 10,941 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Amer Rech And Mngmt accumulated 0% or 200 shares. Panagora Asset Inc owns 9,703 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Gam Holding Ag has 0.02% invested in AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) for 50,041 shares. Amalgamated Fincl Bank last reported 0.05% of its portfolio in the stock. The Illinois-based Blair William & Communication Il has invested 0% in AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC). Deutsche Bancorporation Ag reported 1.12 million shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. National Bank Of Ny Mellon has 0.01% invested in the company for 1.47 million shares. Bell National Bank reported 119,735 shares or 1.36% of all its holdings. Moreover, Lsv Asset has 0.01% invested in AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) for 157,100 shares. Rs Management Limited Company, a California-based fund reported 161,390 shares. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Fi holds 0.02% of its portfolio in AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) for 137,492 shares. Deere And owns 55,181 shares or 0.06% of their US portfolio. Allianz Asset Management Ag has 0.04% invested in the company for 3.40 million shares. Us National Bank De has invested 0% of its portfolio in AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC).

Insider Transactions: Since June 2, 2016, the stock had 0 insider purchases, and 10 insider sales for $13.64 million net activity. $18,330 worth of AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) was sold by Federico Peter J on Monday, June 13. Kuehl Christopher had sold 153,987 shares worth $3.01M on Tuesday, July 5. Shares for $63,137 were sold by Davis Morris A.. $185,804 worth of AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) was sold by Bell Bernice. Kain Gary D had sold 3,931 shares worth $77,677.

AGNC Investment Corp., formerly American Capital Agency Corp., is an internally managed real estate investment trust . The company has a market cap of $6.36 billion. The Firm primarily invests on a leveraged basis in agency mortgage-backed securities (agency MBS). It has a 41.42 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 important recent AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) news were published by: Prnewswire.com which released: “AGNC Investment Corp. Encourages Stockholders to Submit Voting Instructions …” on November 18, 2016, also Seekingalpha.com published article titled: “Trump Interest Spike Hurts AGNC Less Than People Think”, Seekingalpha.com published: “What Should Investors Expect When AGNC Investment Corp. Reports?” on October 24, 2016. More interesting news about AGNC Investment Corp (NASDAQ:AGNC) was released by: Prnewswire.com and their article: “AGNC Investment Corp. Announces Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results” with publication date: October 24, 2016.

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