NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 14, 2013) - Shares of high yielding real estate investment trusts have performed well this earnings season. The iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REITs Index ETF (REM) has gained over 11 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 Newcastle Investment Corp. (NYSE: NCT) and RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS).
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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 has 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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Newcastle Investment Corp. focuses on opportunistically investing in, and actively managing, real estate related assets. The company currently offers investors an annual dividend of $0.88 per share for a dividend yield of approximately 8.2 percent. Newcastle Investment is scheduled to release its results for the fourth quarter on Monday, February 25th.
RAIT Financial Trust is an internally-managed real estate investment trust that provides debt financing options to owners of commercial real estate and invests directly into commercial real estate properties located throughout the United States. The company currently offers investors an annual dividend of $0.40 per share for a dividend yield of approximately 5.7 percent. Shares of RAIT Financial have gained over 20 percent year-to-date.
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