A "strategic shift" is afoot at the mortgage REITs, says Wunderlich's Merrill Ross, as the...

|By:, SA News Editor

A "strategic shift" is afoot at the mortgage REITs, says Wunderlich's Merrill Ross, as the gorilla in agency MBS (the Fed) has some looking at assets like commercial mortgages and private label securitizations. Exhibit A is Annaly's (NLY) purchase of CreXus (CXS). "It's like the Yankees saying they are going to diversity out of baseball," says Jefferies' wary Daniel Furtado.