Mortgage REITs mark time as rates tumble

|By:, SA News Editor

For the most part, the mREIT sector (REM -0.2%) is getting little boost from another big swoosh down in interest rates - the 10-year Treasury yield off 7 basis points to 2.69%. Confused about how to play the dislocations caused by massive QE purchases of MBS, mREIT managements are likely similarly confused about how to play the taper (another $10B reduction today).

Peeking into the green in afternoon action are Annaly (NLY +0.9%), Chimera (CIM +0.8%), and American Capital Agency (AGNC +0.2%), but Armour (ARR -0.7%), Invesco (IVR -1.2%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -1.2%), Hatteras (HTS -1.7%), and Western Asset (WMC -2.6%) are nicely lower.

Capstead Mortgage is set to be the first of the mREIT to report Q4 results after the bell today.

ETFs: MORT, MORL