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

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What: Shares of Anworth Mortgage Asset Corp. (NYS: 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 (NYS: NLY) and American Capital Agency (NAS: 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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