Anworth Mortgage Asset Shares Temporarily Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Anworth Mortgage Asset Corp. (NYSE: ANH  ) fell more than 11% in early trading before closing down less than 1%. A large share-repurchase program has offset initial fears over a lower dividend payment.

So what: First, the company announced a $0.23-per-share dividend -- $0.02 lower than in previous quarters -- at about 8:30 a.m. Eastern. Nine hours later, management announced the buyback.

Now what: To be fair, Anworth isn't the only REIT taking a beating. Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY  ) and American Capital Agency (Nasdaq: AGNC  ) have also declined. But it's Anworth that's chosen to commit to repurchase up to 2 million shares in open-market transactions -- a risky bet given the sad state of the housing market. Do you agree? Would you buy shares of Anworth Mortgage at current prices? Please weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On October 04, 2011, at 6:06 PM, tsodwyer wrote:

    Share re-po is a reasonable & desirable response by a company that will be awash with uninvestible cash arising from operation twist. This is not a 'let's issue debt to buy stock' undertaking. Leverage will increase by virtue of using principal collections to re-po stock -- instead of reinvesting in mbs paying next to nothing

  • Report this Comment On October 04, 2011, at 6:46 PM, LADET5150 wrote:

    You are wrong. ANH had a .23 cent dividend last year 3rd quarter. Do research before you spew your stupidity.

  • Report this Comment On October 04, 2011, at 10:03 PM, Timoteo57 wrote:

    The REIT's are taking a hit as of late due to 1) Operation Twist (healthy mortgages refinanced at lower rates is not good for the bottom line and 2) the Feds are reconsidering their tax status (which is basically a loophole that allows the REIT's to pass tax burden to shareholders). The "lousy" real estate market doesn't help, but I don't think it's the problem that is fueling the recent volatility and downright panic today. Please enlighten me if I am wrong. I am here to learn and am a relative newbie.

  • Report this Comment On October 05, 2011, at 2:17 AM, 4greglink wrote:

    the 0.23 cent dividend with the drop in stock price now makes the dividend payout (in % terms) even greater, added to my position this morning. BTW the stock closed UP less than 1% today not DOWN

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