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 American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ: AGNC) and Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE: NLY).
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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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On June 11, 2012, the Board of Directors of American Capital Agency declared a second quarter dividend on its common stock of $1.25 per share paid on July 27, 2012 to common stockholders of record as of June 21, 2012. Since its May 2008 initial public offering, the Company has paid a total of $1.9 billion in common dividends, or $21.36 per common share.
Annaly Capital Management has declared common dividends for the quarters ended June 30, 2012, June 30, 2011, and March 31, 2012 of $0.55, $0.65, and $0.55 per common share, respectively. The Company distributes dividends based on its current estimate of taxable earnings per common share, not GAAP earnings.
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