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August 23, 2010 08:45 ET

Shareholders Reports on MFA Financial and Plum Creek Timber Company - A Quick Overview of the Diversified REIT Sector

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - August 23, 2010) -  www.RothmanResearch.com undertakes intensive analysis of the REIT - diversified industry and provides systematic research on MFA Financial Inc. (NYSE: MFA) and Plum Creek Timber Company Inc. (NYSE: PCL). Sign up today on www.rothmanresearch.com to get access to these free reports and more.

Companies in the REIT diversified industry with large stakes in mortgage backed securities (MBS) like MFA Financial Inc. are having difficulties posting profits this quarter, as MBS prepayment rates have been extremely high. www.rothmanresearch.com provides technical analysis and free downloadable research report on MFA Financial Inc. by signing up now at

http://www.rothmanresearch.com/article/mfa/23877/Aug-23-2010.html

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The prepayment rates have been high as government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been aggressively buying out delinquent loans in an attempt to save money. With the loans being paid early by the GSEs, companies which profit from interest revenues are being affected. While prepayments have been a detriment to recent quarterly earnings, the trend is not expected to continue into the next quarter. Interest rates are also of concern to the industry, as an increase in interest rates devalues mortgages. 

Companies unaffected by the MBS buyback are generally faring much better. REIT's in the timber niche like Plum Creek Timber Company Inc. have seen gains due to the increase in demand for plywood and other wood products. Sawlog prices have also increased over last year. www.rothmanresearch.com provides technical analysis and free downloadable research report on Plum Creek Timber Company Inc. by signing up now at

http://www.rothmanresearch.com/article/pcl/23878/Aug-23-2010.html

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