SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

July 10, 2012 08:20 ET

High Yields and Strong Gains of ARMOUR Residential and Hatteras Financial Continue to Attract Investors

The Paragon Report Provides Stock Research on ARMOUR Residential and Hatteras Financial

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 10, 2012) -  High yielding mortgage REITs have outperformed the markets in 2012as investors continue to flock to their large dividends. Presently the Market Vectors Mortgage REIT Income ETF (MORT) -- with holdings such as Annaly Capital Management -- is up nearly 15 percent year-to-date, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is up roughly 8 percent. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in diversified REITs and provides equity research on ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE: ARR) and Hatteras Financial Corp. (NYSE: HTS).

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Freddie Mac's weekly survey has shown mortgage rates have again fallen to record lows. The fixed 30-year home loan, the most popular among home buyers, fell to 3.62 percent from 3.66 percent last week, and 4.6 percent from a year ago. The average 30-year loan rate has matched or dropped to new lows in 10 of the last 11 weeks.

"Recent economic data releases of less consumer spending and a contraction in the manufacturing industry drove long-term Treasury bond yields lower over the week, and allowed fixed mortgage rates to hit new all-time record lows," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac's chief economist.

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ARMOUR is a Maryland corporation that invests primarily in hybrid adjustable rate, adjustable rate and fixed rate residential mortgage-backed securities issued or guaranteed by U.S. Government-chartered entities. The company currently offers investors an annual dividend of $1.20 per share for a yield of around 16 percent.

Hatteras Financial is a real estate investment trust formed in 2007 to invest in single-family residential mortgage pass-through securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae. The Board of Directors of Hatteras Financial declared a quarterly dividend of $0.90 per common share for the second quarter of 2012. Shares of the company are up over 10 percent year-to-date.

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