Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, commercial REIT American Realty Capital Trust (Nasdaq: ARCT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at American Realty's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

American Realty facts

Headquarters (founded) New York (2007)
Market Cap $1.9 billion
Industry Office REIT
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $170.6 million
Management CEO William Kahane
CFO Brian Jones
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) (2.9%)
Cash/Debt $12.4 million / $913.7 million
Dividend Yield 6.2%
Competitors Cedar Realty Trust
Inland Real Estate
National Retail Properties

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, all 12 of the members who have rated American Realty believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, All-Star aufergy, listed several of American Realty's positives:

- They focus on investment grade companies, with ~75% of current leases to investment grade companies.
- Dividend yield of 6% .
- Monthly dividends, with a commitment to increase them over time.
- Long-term leases, with the average lease having 13 years left.
- Virtually no lease expirations until 2018.
- Projected 13% FFO growth in 2013.

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