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Five Star Equities

June 01, 2012 08:20 ET

High Yields From Hatteras Financial and Two Harbors Looking Strong as U.S. Housing Market Showing Signs of Improvement

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Hatteras Financial and Two Harbors

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 1, 2012) - Despite a rocky U.S. housing market shares of high yielding REITs have performed well in 2012, as they continue to take advantage of record low mortgage rates. The Vanguard REIT ETF -- which tracks the performance of an index that measures the performance of publicly traded equity REITs -- is up nearly 10 percent this year, outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for diversified REITs and provides equity research on Hatteras Financial Corp. (NYSE: HTS) and Two Harbors Investment Corp. (NYSE: TWO).

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The housing market has continued to show signs of improvement as U.S. home prices in March edged higher for the second month in a row. On a seasonally adjusted basis the S&P Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas gained 0.1 percent in March, just shy of economists' forecasts of 0.2 percent. There were price increases in seven of the twenty cities covered.

"While a broad regional variation remains, the fact that some of the areas hardest hit during the housing downturn, such as Florida, Arizona and California, have seen gains in recent months is a positive sign that the gradual improvement in housing conditions is becoming somewhat broader based," Peter Newland, an economist at Barclays, wrote in a note.

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Hatteras Financial is a real estate investment trust formed in 2007 to invest in single-family residential mortgage pass-through securities guaranteed or issued by U.S. Government agencies or U.S. Government-sponsored entities, such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae. The company currently offers investors an annual dividend of $3.60 per share for a yield of 12.67 percent.

Two Harbors Investment Corp., a Maryland corporation, is a real estate investment trust that invests in residential mortgage-backed securities, residential mortgage loans, residential real properties and other financial assets. The company currently offers investors an annual dividend of $1.60 per share for a yield of 15.66 percent.

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