with REITsEarnings do not reflect the ability to pay dividends. The major factor is that the earnings take into account the depreciation factor. Cash flow is a much better indicator. I have owned this stock for years and have tripled my original investment...PLUS have received the terrific monthly dividend. I do not sweat the daily ups and downs and have do not know what the psycho "Donkey" is saying since it is on ignore.
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