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  • Will the Fed Taper Doom These REITs?

    By Bob Ciura - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: DLR, HCP, O

    Talks of the Fed taper, in which our central bank winds down its long-held practice of monthly bond purchases designed to stimulate the economy, have caused the markets to whipsaw over the past couple of months.

    The stocks receiving the brunt of the carnage have widely come from the market’s higher-yielding sectors. One such sector getting hit hard is real estate investment trusts, or REITs.

    However, the industry fundamentals more »

  • 3 High Yielding REITs with Sticky Tenants

    By John Park - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: DLR, GOV, HCP

    As a landlord, perhaps the most important factor to your success is choosing your tenants wisely. Irresponsible tenants who trash your property, don’t pay their bills and refuse to renew their leases can seriously crimp profits. In this article, I highlight three high-yielding real estate investment trusts (REITs) with a tenant base that should be the envy of any landlord. While all three REITs serve different industries, they share more »

  • Why Not Only Old-Timers Should Be Interested In This Specialty REIT

    By Ryan Guenette - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: BKD, HCP, HCN, SNH, VTR

    One of the major real estate investment trusts invested in health care facilities, Ventas (NYSE: VTR), has risen only 1.13% in 2013, compared to the 12.93% return offered by the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

    Ventas is a real estate investment trust invested in health care facilities, including senior housing, specialty care facilities, hospitals, and medical office buildings in 46 states and 2 Canadian provinces. As of the end more »

  • Alzheimer's: A Growth Market For Healthcare REITs

    By Reuben Brewer - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: HCP, HCN, OHI

    “Nonpartisan RAND Corp. estimates that by 2040, the number of Americans afflicted [by Alzheimer's] will have doubled, as will the costs.” Bloomberg's article laments the sequestration cuts to medical research into this growing issue, but the statistic is a major reason to like healthcare real estate investment trusts (REITs) like HCP (NYSE: HCP), Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN), and Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI).

    A Growing Problem

    The more »

  • A Nontraditional REIT Capitalizing on One of the Fastest Growing Industries in the World

    By Ryan Guenette - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMT 131116P00072500, EXR, HCP, HCN, PSA

    The owner and operator of the largest independent portfolio of wireless communications and broadcast towers in North America, American Tower Corporation(NYSE: AMT), is only up 0.74% year to date, a far cry from the 15.35% return offered by the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  

    As of September 2012, the company operated a tower portfolio of roughly 50,699 sites in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, India more »

  • A Health Care REIT Capitalizing on the Aging Population of the United States

    By Ryan Guenette - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: BKD, HCP, HCN, LTC, NHI

    A leading health care real estate investment trust, HCP Incorporated(NYSE: HCP) has only risen 6.36% so far in 2013, more than 10% short of the return provided by the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  

    HCP is a real estate investment trust invested in property primarily servicing the health care industry. Senior housing, post-acute/ skilled nursing, life science, medical offices, and hospitals are the company’s main breeds more »

  • REITs For Your Sell Off Wish List

    By Reuben Brewer - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: HCP, O, STAG

    Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have sold off sharply over the last week or so. While it is too soon to call this a trend, now is the right time to decide which REITs belong on your wish list. HCP (NYSE: HCP), Reality Income (NYSE: O), and STAG (NYSE: STAG) are three to consider.

    Shifting Markets

    Market sectors go in and out of style all the time. There has been more »

  • Dividends Aren't a Sure Sign of Success

    By Reuben Brewer - May 27, 2013 | Tickers: T, HCP, PBI

    Dividend growth has been fast over the last three years according to WisdomTree. It has built an index and associated ETF to capture that growth. However, WisdomTree's own numbers show that an index of companies with long histories of dividend increases outperforms. Only dividend increases aren't a sure sign of a winner.

    Slicing and dicing

    WisdomTree's director of research Jeremy Schwartz recently released a report highlighting dividend more »

  • No Sign of Negative Returns in this Real Estate ETF

    By Jeff Stouffer - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMT 131116P00072500, HCP, IYR, PSA, SPG

    It is not too often when a real estate investment strategy under review has posted positive returns, for all measuring periods, since inception. This once-in-a-blue-moon program is the iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate Index Fund (NYSEMKT: IYR), a well-diversified ETF that was created on June 12, 2000, that holds 95 different REITs and pays a nice dividend. One attractive feature of the ETF is that only approximately 8.4 more »

  • These 3 Companies Are Diluting Shareholder Value

    By Rupert Hargreaves - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: DCIX, HCP, TWO

    As a value investor, one thing that always puts me off investing in a company is the dilution of shareholder value through constant issuance of new stock.

    Although it's sometimes done with the best intentions in mind, such as the re-payment of debt or increasing CAPEX spending, stock issuance can completely erode shareholder value on a per share basis. That said, it can also benefit shareholders over the longer more »

  • Health Care REIT Growth Likely to Continue

    By Reuben Brewer - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: HCP, HCN, OHI

    Health care real estate investment trusts (REITs) have performed impressively over the last decade. Once yielding 10% or more, the best companies now have yields below 5%. While the prices of these REITs may have run up, their growth prospects still remain strong.

    What a run!

    At the turn of the century, shares of Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN) traded hands in the mid-teens. More recently, the stock traded over more »

  • Beating the Dow with Index-Based Small Cap Stocks

    By Jeff Stouffer - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: ETN, HNZ, HCP, IWR, MPC

    The iShares Russell MidCap Index Fund (NYSEMKT: IWR) is a basket of stocks that is based on the latest trend of index tracking portfolios. IWR has outperformed the DJIA during the last 12 months with a posted return of 19.47%, while the popular DJIA showed an 18.22% return in the same period.

    The iShares Russell MidCap Index Fund is an ETF that is based on holding the smallest more »

  • Massive REIT In The Making

    By Mike Thiessen - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: ARE, BMR, HCP

    With the announcement that it intends to acquire the biotechnology REIT Wexford Science & Technology, BioMed Realty Trust (NYSE: BMR) has cleared the way for one of the industry's largest combinations in recent memory. BioMed is already a leader in the fast-growing life science sub-sector of the real estate investment trust space and looks poised to break out in the wake of this deal. 

    Although Wexford is not a publicly more »

  • Massive REIT In The Making

    By Mike Thiessen - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: ARE, BMR, HCP

    With the announcement that it intends to acquire the biotechnology REIT, Wexford Science & Technology, BioMed Realty Trust (NYSE: BMR) has cleared the way for one of the industry's largest combinations in recent memory. BioMed is already a leader in the fast-growing life science sub-sector of the real estate investment trust space and looks poised to break out in the wake of this deal. 

    Although Wexford is not a publicly more »

  • The Buyout Is A Needed Lifeline

    By Mike Thiessen - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: ALC, ESC, HCP

    Struggling nursing home operator Assisted Living Concepts (NYSE: ALC) has received a much-needed lifeline from privately held investment firm TPG in the form of a $278 million buyout offer. News of the merger comes at an opportune time for Assisted Living Concepts. The company had not reported a quarterly profit in almost a year and had actively sought a buyer for several of its older facilities in order to finance more »

  • Providing Customers With Dignity Will Differentiate These Companies

    By Reuben Brewer - March 18, 2013 | Tickers: CAH, DRI, HCP, OHI

    "My late father used to say that no quality of human life was more important than dignity," Yale law professor Stephen Carter recently commented on He takes that concept someplace I wouldn't have, but he is on to an issue that will be increasingly important as the Baby Boomers retire. Focusing today on companies helping people maintain their dignity as they age will lead you to good more »

  • Are These REITs Overvalued?

    By Bob Ciura - March 17, 2013 | Tickers: HCP, HCN, O

    For income and/or value investors, the search for attractively valued dividend-paying stocks is never done. An asset class that has received extra attention over the past couple years, because of their tendency to provide solid income above and beyond the rates available on the S&P 500, is real estate investment trusts (REITs). These companies invest in real estate properties directly, either through properties or mortgages, and can offer more »

  • 5 High Dividend Financials With Booming Hedge Fund Sentiment

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: AVB, BBT, CME 130518C00060000, EQR, HCP

    U.S. lawmakers are faced with the difficult task of sustaining an economic recovery while creating a viable deficit reduction strategy to position the country for the future. The resultant uncertainty of the present economic climate, as well as fears of an increase in capital gains and dividend income taxation, have added to the turbulence of the financial sector. In the last four years, financials have borne the brunt of more »

  • Is This A Company Investors Should Store Their Money In?

    By Ryan Guenette - February 22, 2013 | Tickers: EQR, HCP, PSA, SPG, VTR

    A SWOT analysis is a look at a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and is a tremendous way to gain a detailed and thorough perspective on a company and its future. As 2013 begins, I would like to focus on a REIT that is a trailblazer in the storage facility industry: Public Storage (NYSE: PSA).

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    The Business:

    Warren Buffett once said, “Never invest in a business you can more »

  • The “Great Rotation” Nonsense

    By Reuben Brewer - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: CA, XOM, HCP, HCN, LMT, RDS-B, TOT, VTR

    The stock market hit massive air pockets when the technology and housing bubbles burst. It has come back from both, but still hasn't offered investors great returns. In fact, if you look from market peak to market peak, stocks haven't gone anywhere in years. Now, with the markets hitting all time highs again, if ever so slightly, some market pundits are calling for more advances on the theory more »

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