The market's fall the last few days has been a jarring one -- I have a couple of bruises to prove it. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have been hit harder than most sectors, especially as the market for mortgage-backed securities has tightened.
Shopping center REIT Kimco
Like other top-shelf REITs such as Boston Properties
The various facets of the company's business allow it to throw off plenty of cash that it can reinvest in its domestic business, abroad, or in more opportunistic transactions. Kimco might slow down in a soft market, but a soft market would overall give it more opportunities to put its cash flow to work.
The yield is attractive, too. Tack on a recent 11% increase in the dividend and a share price that is 32% off its high, and you get a yield that is now 4.3%. That is below the treasuries, which some argue is too low for a REIT, but for a top-flight REIT that can increase its cash flows and dividends on a recurring basis, it seems like a reasonable price to me.
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