NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -03/30/12)- Mortgage REITs have outperformed the market in 2012 as investors continue to flock towards their large dividends. Presently the Market Vectors Mortgage REIT Income ETF (MORT) -- with holdings such as American Capital Agency Corporation and Chimera Investment Corp -- is up more than ten percent year to date. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for diversified REITs and provides investment research on CYS Investments Inc. (NYSE: CYS - News) and MFA Financial Inc. (NYSE: MFA - News). Access to the full company reports can be found at:
A recent report from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) REITs are currently attractive relative to the fixed income markets, given the sector's above-average dividend growth outlook. The firm expects 10 percent annual dividend growth per year for the next few years, Barron's reports.
According to Nomura Securities analyst, Bill Carcache, effective prepayment risk management helps agency mortgage REITs generate higher returns "by being able to run at higher leverage without compromising their equity cushion and minimize spread compression."
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CYS Investments, Inc. is a specialty finance company that invests on a leveraged basis in residential mortgage pass-through certificates for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae. The company currently pays an annual dividend of two dollars per share for a yield of around 15.3 percent.
MFA is a real estate investment trust primarily engaged in the business of investment, on a leveraged basis, in Agency and Non-Agency residential mortgage-backed securities. The company's board of directors recently declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share of common stock for the first quarter of 2012. The dividend will be paid on April 30, 2012, to stockholders of record on April 4, 2012.
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