REIT News Updates: American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) New Options, American Capital Ltd. (ACAS) Jumps, Two Harbors Investment Corp (TWO) Buy Rating

Editor’s Note: American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC), American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACAS), American Capital Mortgage Investment Crp (NASDAQ:MTGE), Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO)

First Week of AGNC October 19th Options Trading (Forbes)
Investors in American Capital Agency Corp. saw new options become available this week, for the October 19th expiration. At Stock Options Channel, our YieldBoost formula has looked up and down the American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) options chain for the new October 19th contracts and identified one put and one call contract of particular interest. The put contract at the $20.00 strike price has a current bid of 62 cents. If an investor was to sell-to-open that put contract, they are committing to purchase the stock at $20.00, but will also collect the premium, putting the cost basis of the shares at $19.38 (before broker commissions).

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American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACAS), after opening its shares at the price of $12.53, jumped up1.59% to close at $12.74 for the day. The stock moved on a traded volume of 3.20 million shares, in comparison to 2.88 million shares of average trading volume. The 52-week range for the stock is $10.96 and $15.24 and during the previous trading session the stock touched its highest price at $12.78.

Two Harbors Investment Corp

Two Harbors Investment Corp. Upgraded to Buy at Ladenburg Thalmann (TWO) (Zolmax)
Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO) was upgraded by investment analysts at Ladenburg Thalmann from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, reports. The firm currently has a $11.25 price objective on the stock. Ladenburg Thalmann’s price objective indicates a potential upside of 19.30% from the stock’s previous close. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

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American Capital Mortgage Investment Crp (NASDAQ:MTGE) opened its shares at the price of $17.99 for the day. Its closing price was $18.70 after gaining +4.12% for the day. The company traded with the total volume of 1.14 million shares, while its average trading volume remained 1.17 million shares. American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. was formed to invest in and manage a leveraged portfolio of agency mortgage investments, non-agency mortgage investments and other mortgage-related investments.

Two Harbors ‘buy rating’ fails to boost stock (Housing Wire)
Real estate investment trust Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO) just released its private market residential mortgage-backed securitization, Agate Bay Mortgage Trust. But when studying the REIT’s performance on Wall Street today, the buy-rating linked to Two Harbors failed to lift the REIT’s stock.