SOURCE: Five Star Equities

Five Star Equities

October 04, 2012 08:20 ET

Bernanke Pledges to Keep Rates Low Even After Economy Strengthens

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on ARMOUR Residential REIT and MFA Financial

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2012) - Mortgage REITs have garnered increased attention among investors in recent weeks after the Federal Reserve announced stimulus measures focused on the purchases of mortgage backed securities. The Market Vectors Mortgage REIT Income ETF (MORT), which seeks to replicate the price and yield performance of the Market Vectors Global Mortgage REITs Index, has gained over 20 percent year-to-date. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for diversified REITs and provides equity research on ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE: ARR) and MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE: MFA).

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The Federal Open Market Committee last month announced the third round of quantitative easing in which the Fed would purchase $40 billion of mortgage debt per month until the economy showed "sustained improvement." The main interest rate is now forecasted to remain near zero until at least mid-2015.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has recently pledged to sustain record stimulus even after the U.S. economy has strengthened, but at the same time does not expect the "economy to be weak through" 2015. "We expect that a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy will remain appropriate for a considerable time after the economy strengthens," Bernanke said in a recent speech in Indianapolis.

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ARMOUR Residential REIT recently declared a fourth quarter 2012 monthly cash dividend rate for the Company's Common Stock of $0.09 per share. The company offers investors an annual dividend of $1.08, for a yield of roughly 14 percent. Shares of ARMOUR are up nearly 9 percent year-to-date.

MFA Financial is a real estate investment trust primarily engaged in the business of investment, on a leveraged basis, in Agency and Non-Agency residential mortgage-backed securities. The company's Board of Directors recently declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.21 per share of common stock for the third quarter of 2012.

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