NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/14/13 -- Shares of high yielding Mortgage REITs have performed well this earnings season. The iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index ETF (REM) has gained nearly 10 percent year-to-date -- outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average gain of 6.5 percent over the same period. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for diversified REITs and provides equity research on American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: MTGE) and CYS Investments Inc. (NYSE: CYS).
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In a low interest rate environment investors have flocked to the high yielding dividend of REITs, as many companies offer yields in excess of 10 percent. REITs are not taxed at the corporate level but in return are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income as dividends to investors. A steadily improving U.S. housing market helped boost investor's appetite for REITs. The Dow Jones Equity All REIT Index, which tracks the performance of all the publicly traded U.S. REITs, gained nearly 20 percent in 2012, making it the fourth consecutive year REITs have bested the broader Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
"Despite vacillation in stock markets, investors haven't lost their appetite for a steady diet of real estate," says Jeff Tjornehoj, a Lipper analyst.
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American Capital Mortgage Investment currently offers investors an annual dividend of $3.60 per share for a dividend yield of approximately 13.9 percent. The real-estate investment trust reported a 41 percent economic return for the full year 2012, which was comprised of $3.60 per share in dividends and a $4.87 per share increase in net book value.
CYS Investments currently offers investors an annual dividend of $1.60 per share for a dividend yield of approximately 13.0 percent. The company swung to a net loss of $41.4 million during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to a net income of $241 million in the year ago quarter. Shares of the company are up over 4 percent year-to-date.
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