SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

January 31, 2011 11:25 ET

REITs Remain the Top Destination for Dividend Investors

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Annaly Capital & American Capital Agency

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 31, 2011) - In the past year Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have been one of the most popular investments in the financial sector. Since the start of 2010, the Vanguard REIT ETF has surged more than 30 percent while the overall financial sector has been relatively neutral. REITs' ability to generate this significant capital appreciation is one of the industry's main allures, as most investors flock to REITs for their hefty dividends and stability. In fact, most of the success of the industry in the last year can be attributed to low interest rates. When interest rates get this low the return on dividends can far exceed that of bonds. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for diversified REITs and provides research reports on Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE: NLY) and American Capital Agency Corporation (NASDAQ: AGNC). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-01-NLY

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-01-AGNC

The Vanguard REIT index had been stagnant for most of January, however it surged last week as investors bought up a number of the fund's top components on speculation of a wave of M&A activity in the industry.

M&A speculation in the REIT sector increased after ProLogis confirmed it is in talks with rival AMB Property about a possible merger. The two industrial REIT giants have a combined market cap of $13.9B, and are considering an "all-stock, at-market transaction, based upon the unaffected trading prices of the two companies' stock prior to media reports of a possible merger."

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Companies such as American Capital Agency and Annaly earn their money on the spread between low-interest short-term borrowing and purchasing high-interest long-term securities, which leads to solid profits given the current conditions. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says that he is prepared to keep rates in the range of 0 - 0.25 percent for an extended period if the unemployment numbers don't drop significantly.

Solid profits for a REIT keep those dividend payments stable. Presently, American Capital pays an annual dividend of 5.60 for yield of about 19.60%. Annaly, meanwhile, pays an annual dividend of 2.56 for a yield of 14.40%. While high yielding dividend paying stocks are appealing, be forewarned that companies can cut, slash, or suspend dividends at any time, often without notice.

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