ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.

  • This Mortgage REIT Is Living Dangerously On The Edge

    By Zain Zafar - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: ARR, CMO, HTS

    The second quarter saw a sharp spike in interest rates which caused havoc in the mortgage REITs sector. As book value losses became the norm, it became a question of which mREIT could get away with the least damage. In such an environment, Hatteras Financial (NYSE: HTS) was expected to outperform its peers since it follows a relatively conservative strategy of investing in agency Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs). However, this more »

  • This mREIT Offers Double-Digit Yield

    By Nur Tarkak - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: NLY, ARR, IVR, MFA

    Invesco Mortgage Capital (NYSE: IVR) is one of the most attractive dividend stocks, yielding an astounding 14.26%. But it is quite risky, as well. The stock performance is a roller coaster, with numerous dips and jumps for this year. The bottom-line is a loss for this year so far. However, this is offset by its yield, which is higher than its share growth. Shares of Invesco might soar if more »

  • This Is The Safest mREIT To Invest In Right Now

    By Zain Zafar - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, ARR, CMO

    The mortgage REITs space is in a lot of trouble right now as speculation regarding the Fed’s tapering off of its quantitative easing program has led to an increase in long term interest rates. Investor favorites like American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC) and ARMOUR Residential (NYSE: ARR) have witnessed the sharpest price declines in recent weeks due to fears about the decreasing value of the MBS securities held by more »

  • Mortgage REITs Are Still a Sell

    By Reuben Brewer - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: MTGE, NLY, ARR, CIM

    Like many other real estate investment trusts (REITs), mortgage REITs have sold off of late. That drop, however, doesn't make them buys. Investors should still avoid ARMOUR Residential REIT (NYSE: ARR), American Capital Mortgage Investment (NASDAQ: MTGE), Chimera Investment (NYSE: CIM), and Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY).

    The carry trade

    Mortgage REITs use equity and, more importantly, debt to buy mortgages. With interest rates at historically low levels, these more »

  • What's Wrong With This mREIT?

    By Zain Zafar - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, ARR

    American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC) has been one of the star performers in the mortgage REIT sector since its inception in 2008. However, the recent performance of this mREIT is something to worry about as the stock price has dropped rapidly over the past few weeks.

    What’s going on in the mREIT Sector?

    Agency mortgage REITs like American Capital Agency invest in long duration mortgage backed securities (MBS) that more »

  • The Fed's Asset Purchases Continue to Hurt mREITs

    By Rupert Hargreaves - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, ARR, CYS, HTS

    mREITs continue to feel the pressure as the Federal Reserve’s continual asset buying depresses the yields on their mortgage assets, squashing interest received by the companies, their net income, and investor returns.

    mREITs, or mortgage real estate investment trusts, work by borrowing money in order to purchase mortgage backed securities (MBS). The borrowing is usually in the form of a repurchase agreement (REPO) for which the company pays a more »

  • Reaching for Returns by Using Lower Priced REITs

    By Jeff Stouffer - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: ARR, DCT, IVZ, ROOF, NCT

    The explosive growth of exchange-traded funds has brought several sponsoring competitors to the marketplace. It is business as usual when new products are brought to market and all kinds of purveyors are seeking a foothold in the new frontier. There has never been, or will be, a shortage of product designers and marketers in the investment world. One such product family is the Index IQ group and one REIT based more »

  • Fed Governor Exposes Mortgage REIT Risk

    By Reuben Brewer - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: MTGE, ACAS, ARR

    In a recent speech, Fed Governor Jeremy Stein used mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs) as an example of the impact of the Federal Reserve's low rate policy. While his speech wasn't an effort to say mortgage REITs are bad investments, investors need to understand the risks these niche securities pose.

    A Simple Example

    Stein explains: “These agency REITs buy agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), fund them largely in more »

  • Fed Governor Exposes Mortgage REIT Risk

    By Reuben Brewer - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: MTGE, ACAS, ARR

    In a recent speech, Fed Governor Jeremy Stein used mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs) as an example of the impact of the Federal Reserve's low rate policy. While his speech wasn't an effort to say mortgage REITs are bad investments, investors need to understand the risks these niche securities pose.

    A Simple Example

    Stein explains: “These agency REITs buy agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), fund them largely in more »

  • Fed Governor Exposes Mortgage REIT Risk

    By Reuben Brewer - April 14, 2013 | Tickers: MTGE, ACAS, ARR

    In a recent speech, Fed Governor Jeremy Stein used mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs) as an example of the impact of the Federal Reserve's low rate policy. While his speech wasn't an effort to say Mortgage REITs are bad investments, investors need to understand the risks these niche securities pose.

    A Simple Example

    Stein explains: “These agency REITs buy agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), fund them largely in more »

  • Insiders Are Crazy About These REITs

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: MTGE, ARR, NCT, SPG, TWO

    Company insiders should be strongly resistant to buying shares, since it increases company-specific risk rather than diversifying their wealth. Therefore, insider purchases should signal confidence in the company, and it turns out that stocks bought by insiders- particularly multiple insiders- do outperform the market on average (see our analysis of studies on insider trading).

    Real estate investment trusts (REITs) often pay high dividend yields, since these companies are required to more »

  • Will These 5 REITs Maintain Their High Dividends?

    By Jordo Bivona - March 7, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, ARR, CIM, CYS

    As much of the Fed's quantitative easing strategy, or QE3, has involved placing large amounts of capital into agency mortgage backed securities, what will happen to REITs when this round of quantitative easing ends? In this article, I will discuss why REITs, and particularly Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY), will still produce strong dividend yields in both the short and the long run.

    While it is likely that most of more »

  • One mREIT to Put on Your Buy List This Week

    By Jordo Bivona - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: ARR, O, TWO

    Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR) recently announced its preliminary estimated results for the fourth quarter and the year 2012 as well as a new preferred stock offering. In this article, I will discuss Armour Residential as an investment in relation to the estimated fourth quarter results and latest stock offering.

    Preliminary Estimated Results

    Armour Residential announced the preliminary estimated results and select financial data for the fourth quarter. The company estimates more »

  • What I Think Of ARMOUR Residential REIT

    By Ron Chatterjee - February 21, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, ARR, IVR, MFA

    While rising mortgage rates increase the chance of higher revenue, higher leverage still concerns me in regards to Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR). It is not a people's favorite these days, as the monthly stock price graph shows--yet you have a "buy" rating from my end. With increasing stability in the housing market, a lower valuation, and improving fundamentals, the company might be worth a glance.

    Company Profile

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  • How Will the Upcoming Fed Meeting Impact REITs?

    By Jordo Bivona - February 6, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, ARR, MPC, PSX

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to meet with his fellow policymakers soon to consider whether or not they should continue with quantitative easing. The results of their deliberations could have a profound impact on the mortgage REIT industry and the largest mortgage REIT Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY). The debate on when to end bond purchases is continuing, but the U.S. labor market has not yet shown any more »

  • Can This mREIT Out Maneuver The Fed?

    By Waqar Saif - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, ARR, CXS.DL

    In its bid to out-maneuver the Fed’s policy of keeping the rates low, Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY) disclosed its interest in purchasing the remaining stocks of CreXus Investments (NYSE: CXS.DL). CreXus Investments specializes in the acquisition and management of commercial mortgage backed securities. Annaly Capital currently holds around 12.4% of CreXus and the full acquisition would provide risk-adjusted returns to shareholders, while at the same time act more »

  • Have Income Investors Returned To Agency mREITs?

    By Mohsin Saeed - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, ARR, CYS, HTS

    Back in December last year, Agency mortgage REITs were trading on deep discounts to their book values Since the beginning of the year 2013, Agency mortgage REITs have appreciated in price greater than the year to date performance of S&P (the broad market). However, most are still trading at discounts to their book values yielding attractive double digit dividends under the ultra low interest rate environment.  

    Year To Date more »

  • Why mREITs Will Fly High In 1Q13

    By Waqar Saif - January 30, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, ARR

    Editor's Note: The initial version stated Annaly and American Capital reported earnings, that is incorrect. Motley Fool apologizes for the error. This version has been corrected.

    The US mortgage rates continue to climb higher and higher since the beginning of the year 2013, increasing borrowing cost for potential home owners despite Fed’s commitment to keep home loans affordable.  Home prices are increasing across the US as improving employment more »

  • Amazing Benefits for this mRIET

    By Mohsin Saeed - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, ARR

    During a large part of 2012, the spreads that mortgage REITs in general earned were squeezed by the Fed's third round of quantitative easing, also known as QE3. Under QE3, the Fed purchased mortgage-backed securities worth $40 billion every month with an aim to make home borrowing cheaper. This aggressive buying of MBS increased the demand, increasing their prices as a result. Increased prices of these MBS resulted in more »

  • Two REITs for Your IRA

    By Ryan Peckyno - January 9, 2013 | Tickers: ARR, NYMT

    You don’t have to be Donald Trump to invest in Real Estate! 

    In 1960, Congress created REITs in order to give all investors the opportunity to invest in diversified portfolios of income-producing real estate.  As a result, you can invest in Real Estate similar to how you invest in companies: by purchasing shares of their stock. 

    You can invest in anything from regional malls to shopping centers to apartments more »

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