I’ve been broadly bullish on REITs ever since the “taper tantrum” of May of last year, noting the heavy insider buying in several REITs I follow.
Whenever you see a stock slide in value, there is always that nagging fear: “What does the market know that I don’t.” Often times the answer is “nothing,” and the selloff is due to macro factors not directly related to the company. That was certainly the case back in May; fears that Fed tapering would cause bond yields to rise caused the prices of “bond like” REITs to collapse.
One of the best indicators of whether a selloff is cause for concern is to see what company insiders are doing. You should not automatically follow what the insiders do, of course. Company management can be biased and as blind to outside macro risk as the next guy. But all else equal, I’d prefer to take the same side of the trade as the insiders. As imperfect as their knowledge is, it’s still going to be more comprehensive than yours. Remember, this is their day job.
In ARCP, insider buying has continued at a nice clip. Six different insiders have bought a combined 90,100 shares worth $1.2 million.
Likewise, the buying has continued in STAG. Eight different insiders have bought 7,044 shares worth $139,900 since December.
In Annaly, there have been no reported insider moves thus far in 2014, but four insiders bought 238,406 shares worth $2.5 million last November alone.
My advice? Continue to buy all three of these REITs on dips and reinvest your dividends. I see both equity and mortgage REITs as being ideal asset classes in 2014 as yields continue to ease off of their taper tantrum highs.
Disclosures: Long STAG and ARCP.
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