SOURCE: Five Star Equities
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2012) - Shares of high yielding REITs have continued to outperform the broader markets in 2012. The Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ) -- which tracks the performance of an index that measures the performance of publicly traded equity REITs -- is up over 15 percent this year, nearly double the Dow Jones gain of 8 percent over the same period. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for diversified REITS and provides equity research on CYS Investments Inc. (NYSE: CYS) and Two Harbors Investment Corp. (NYSE: TWO).
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Investors have looked to mortgage REITs to take advantage of the recovering U.S. housing market. Mortgage REITs do not directly invest in real estate but invest in the mortgages on real estate properties.
"Housing has gone from a big negative to neutral" for the economy said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics. "By this time next year it will be a plus and two years from now a big plus and one of the reasons the economy will be growing much more quickly than many think in 2014 and 2015."
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CYS Investments declared a common dividend of $0.50 per share with respect to the second quarter of 2012, the same as for the first quarter of 2012. Using the closing share price of $13.77 on June 29, 2012, the second quarter dividend equates to an annualized dividend yield of 14.5 percent.
Two Harbors Investment Corp. is a real estate investment trust that invests in residential mortgage-backed securities, residential mortgage loans, residential real properties and other financial assets. The company declared a dividend of $0.40 per common share, or 15.4 percent annualized dividend yield, based upon June 29, 2012 closing price of $10.36.
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