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Continued from 35 Top Yielding Real Estate Investment Trusts, Part 2: Diversified REITs

Below is a list of the five top yielding Retail REITs, sorted by dividend yield:

1. Resource Capital Corp. (RSO) offers a 16.64% annual dividend, distributed to investors each quarter. The next ex-dividend date, the date on which an investor must own the stock to qualify for the dividend, is December 28th, 2011. (Investors who purchase this stock on December 27th, 2011 will receive this dividend.)

The company holds a current market cap of $466.44 million and is trading at $6.01, 10.83% below its 52-week high and 47.58% above its 52-week low. Analyst opinion stands at zero strong buys, zero buys, two holds, zero sells, and zero strong sells with a mean target of $6.00.

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2. NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NRF) offers a 10.18% annual dividend, distributed to investors each quarter. The most recent ex-dividend date was on November 9th, 2011. The next ex-dividend date has not yet been declared but will likely be in early February of next year.

The company holds a current market cap of $471.26 million and is trading at $4.91, 13.04% below its 52-week high and 74.20% above its 52-week low. Analyst opinion stands at one strong buy, zero buys, three holds, zero sells, and zero strong sells with a mean target of $5.75.

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3. Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (CDR) offers a 7.95% annual dividend, distributed to investors each quarter. The most recent ex-dividend date was on November 8th, 2011. The next ex-dividend date has not yet been declared but will likely be in early February of next year.

The company holds a current market cap of $308.09 million and is trading at $4.53, 25.58% below its 52-week high and 74.83% above its 52-week low. Analyst opinion stands at one strong buy, zero buys, four holds, one sell, and zero strong sells with a mean target of $4.17.

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4. Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT) offers a 7.73% annual dividend, distributed to investors each quarter. The most recent ex-dividend date was on October 24th, 2011. The next ex-dividend date has not yet been declared but will likely be in late January of next year.

The company holds a current market cap of $2.88 billion and is trading at $23.30, 7.71% below its 52-week high and 24.99% above its 52-week low. Analyst opinion stands at one strong buy, zero buys, six holds, zero sells, and zero strong sells with a mean target of $23.60.

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5. Inland Real Estate Corp. (IRC) offers a 7.33% annual dividend, distributed to investors each month. The next ex-dividend date is December 29th, 2011. (Investors who purchase this stock on or before December 28th, 2011 will receive this dividend.)

The company holds a current market cap of $691.95 million and is trading at $7.78, 18.71% below its 52-week high and 20.10% above its 52-week low. Analyst opinion stands at one strong buy, zero buys, four holds, zero sells, and one strong sell with a mean target of $9.67.

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Continued with Part 4: Healthcare Facilities REITs

Source: 35 Top Yielding Real Estate Investment Trusts, Part 3: Retail REITs