SOURCE: Five Star Equities
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 1, 2012) - High Yielding REITs have benefited from the steady recovery of the U.S. housing market in 2012. The Vanguard REIT ETF -- which tracks the performance of an index that measures the performance of publicly traded equity REITs -- is up over 15 percent for the year, outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial by a large margin. "The way I like to think about REITs is they are real estate, period. REITs delivers more for investors and gives you bond-like yield," said Michael Hudgins, real estate strategist with JP Morgan Asset Management. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for diversified REITs and provides equity research on Chimera Investment Corporation (NYSE: CIM) and Hatteras Financial Corp. (NYSE: HTS).
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A recent Associated Press article stated that through June of this year real estate funds have gained $2.9 billion in new cash from investors, while a majority of other stock fund groups have seen investors pull out. The recent strength of REITs combined with their high yields have made them attractive targets for investors as interests rates and bond yields are near record lows.
Positive data supporting the U.S. housing market's recovery continues to roll in. Data from FHFA showed that U.S. home prices rose for the fourth consecutive month with a 0.8 percent increase in May. Real-estate firm Zillow also recently put out a report showing home prices in the second quarter increased from the year-ago period for the first time in five years. "Home prices are turning upward, another clear indication that housing market is in the midst of a growing comeback," wrote Joel Naroff, president and chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors.
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Chimera Investment Corporation invests in residential mortgage loans, residential mortgage-backed securities, real estate-related securities and various other asset classes. The company has cut their second quarter 2012 common stock cash dividend from $0.11 to $0.09 per common share. Shares of Chimera have fallen over 24 percent in the last three months.
Hatteras Financial is a real estate investment trust formed in 2007 to invest in single-family residential mortgage pass-through securities guaranteed or issued by U.S. Government agencies or U.S. Government-sponsored entities, such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae. Shares of the company are up over 10 percent year-to-date.
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