What's working? The REITs

|By:, SA News Editor

Working today - and for the whole month of January - as the broader market sells off are the REITs. The sector - both the equity REITs and mREITs - had been punished in 2013 as rates moved higher starting last May, but another four basis point decline this morning brings the 10-year Treasury yield down to 2.66% after starting the year at about 3%.

At least for the mREITs, nearly all put in what may turn out to be major bottoms late in 2013 amid jitters over year-end tax-loss selling and the commencement of the taper - sell the rumor, buy the news ... indeed.

Mortgage REITs: Annaly (NLY +1.1%+7.4% YTD, American Capital (AGNC +1.3%+9.1%, Invesco (IVR +0.5%+6.7%, Anworth (ANH +0.6%+10.9%, Apollo Residential (AMTG +0.7%+9.1%, AG Mortgage Investment (MITT +0.6%+5.6%.

ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL

Equity players: Realty Income (O +0.5%+9.6% YTD, National Retail (NNN +0.7%+9.8%, AvalonBay (AVB +0.8%+4.1%, Public Storage (PSA +0.6%+4.9%, Boston Properties (BXP +0.2%+7.8%, Liberty Trust (LRY +1%+7.9%.

Related ETFs: IYR, VNQ, REM, DRN, REZ, URE, SRS, RWR, ICF, SCHH, DRV, ROOF, KBWY, RTL, REK, FRI, FTY, PSR, FNIO, WREI