Real estate stocks let you ‘have your cake and REIT it, too’: Analyst

In today's unusual market environment, real estate investment trusts are among the best investments, according to Evercore ISI's head of technical analysis.

REITs consist of real estate holdings but trade as stocks. And for tax reasons, they pay out nearly all of their income in the form of dividends, which makes them a popular yield vehicle in the era of minuscule bond yields.

For instance, the Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ) pays a dividend yield of nearly 4 percent, which is nearly in line with that of the Vanguard Long Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCLT).

"With both stock and bond prices at record highs, this is a great way to have your cake and REIT it, too, if you will," Evercore ISI's Rich Ross said Tuesday on CNBC's "Trading Nation."

While he admits that the chart looks "overbought," he observes that "all of the [central bank] policy is driving people into yield-seeking behavior, and that plays right into the REITs. So I'm a buyer here on the breakout."

Indeed, REITs have already enjoyed a great year. The MSCI REIT index has risen some 14 percent this year, dwarfing the performance of the S&P 500.

With bond yields plumbing record lows, "investors are desperate for yield," and for that reason, REITs are enjoy a "rising-tide-lifts-all-boats type of experience," Gina Sanchez of Chantico Global said Tuesday on "Trading Nation."

Given that she sees yields remaining low, Sanchez believes that the REIT boon "continues for some time."

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