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Best Performing REIT Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
As the benefits and convenience of investment and trading in REITs gains tremendous popularity with every passing day, hundreds of REIT securities have made way to the stock exchanges across the globe allowing a big set of choice to the investors willing to make a bet in the property market. Among the big array of property-linked securitites, which REITs stocks generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of REIT stocks?
This article provides a list of REIT stocks which have generated the highest returns in the year 2021 till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual REIT stocks between the end of the previous year and , and the top 10 return generating REIT stocks are listed below.

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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader REIT sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PEI) 2) Power REIT (PW) 3) Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (SKT) 4) Sotherly Hotels Inc. (SOHOB) 5) Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (CDR)
 6) EPR Properties (EPR) 7) Drive Shack Inc. (DS) 8) Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (APTS) 9) Acadia Realty Trust (AKR) 10) Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT)
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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), incorporated on September 29, 1997, is a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Companys primary business is owning and operating retail ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust.
The Pennsylvania, PA-based Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PEI) belongs to the Consumer Services sector and is categorized as a Real Estate Investment Trusts company. The stock of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust ended the previous year at a price of $1 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $2.05 apiece, which indicates a change of 105 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the REIT for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $79.54 million. It has now changed to $162.5 million as of writing. Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Power REIT

Power REIT, incorporated on August 26, 2011, is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that holds, develops, acquires and manages real estate assets related to transportation and energy infrastructure in ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Power REIT.
Based on the market-cap change from $51.18 million to $152.62 million during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $26.71 per share to a price of $46.26 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Power REIT (PW) was successful in generating YTD returns of 73.19 percentage. Standing at the number two rank in the top performing list of REIT stocks, the West Virginia, WV-based Power REIT is categorized as the Real Estate Investment Trusts sub-sector business which falls under the larger Consumer Services sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE:SKT), is a publicly-traded REIT headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina that operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, a portfolio of 44 upscale ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers.
The North Carolina, NC-headquartered company Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (SKT) is ranked number three among the best performing stocks of REIT of 2021. The Consumer Services sector business falls under the Real Estate Investment Trusts industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers has changed by 57.53 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $9.96 per share and year-to-date closing price of $15.69 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $930.8 million to $1.58 billion during the same period. Along with REIT, the company is also in the business of Retail REIT, Consumer Services, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate, Wilshire 5000, Russell 2000, among other usual products and services. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Sotherly Hotels

Sotherly Hotels Inc., incorporated on August 20, 2004, is a self-managed and self-administered lodging real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is focused on the acquisition, renovation, upbranding and repositioning ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Sotherly Hotels.
During the given months of the year 2021, Sotherly Hotels Inc. (SOHOB) was successful in generating YTD returns of 52.8 percentage which helped it gain the number four spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2021 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Virginia, VA-based Sotherly Hotels closed at a price of $11.61 per share, while it traded at a price of $17.74 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $51.44 million to $78.62 million during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Consumer Services industry sector and further specialized as a Real Estate Investment Trusts sector business.

Cedar Realty Trust

Cedar Realty Trust, Inc., incorporated on June 12, 1998, is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on ownership and operation of grocery-anchored shopping centers straddling the Washington ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Cedar Realty Trust.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (CDR) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in New York, NY, the Consumer Services sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Cedar Realty Trust has so far gained 50.35 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $10.13 per share and year-to-date price of $15.23 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $137.08 million to $206.66 million. The stock of Cedar Realty Trust continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

EPR Properties

EPR Properties, incorporated on August 22, 1997, is a specialty real estate investment trust. The Companys investment portfolio includes primarily entertainment, education and recreation properties. The Companys segments include Entertainment, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of EPR Properties.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands EPR Properties (EPR), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $32.5 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $48.15 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 48.15 percentage. The Missouri, MO-headquartered Consumer Services sector company also saw its market value change from $2.43 billion to $3.6 billion. The Real Estate Investment Trusts specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Drive Shack

Drive Shack Inc. owns and operates golf-related leisure and entertainment businesses. Its Traditional Golf Properties segment owns and operates golf properties in the United States. As of March 31, 20 ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Drive Shack.
Drive Shack Inc. (DS) has moved by 42.44 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Services sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $2.38 apiece to the price of $3.39 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the New York, NY-based Real Estate Investment Trusts sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $160 million to $309.48 million over the same duration. Drive Shack is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Preferred Apartment Communities

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc., incorporated on September 18, 2009, is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is formed primarily to acquire and operate multifamily properties in select targeted ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Preferred Apartment Communities.
The number eight spot in the list of top performing stocks of the REIT sector is taken by Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (APTS). The company's stock price changed from $7.4 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $10.35 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 39.86 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Georgia, GA-based Consumer Services sector company was from $369.26 million to $517.44 million. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the REIT sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Acadia Realty Trust

Acadia Realty Trust is an equity real estate investment trust focused on delivering long-term, profitable growth via its dual - Core and Fund - operating platforms and its disciplined, location-driven ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Acadia Realty Trust.
Acadia Realty Trust (AKR) generated percentage returns of 38.62 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $14.19 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $19.67 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $1.22 billion to $1.7 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Consumer Services speciality business with further classification in the Real Estate Investment Trusts sub-category. Based in Rye, New York, the YTD performance of the REIT sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Hersha Hospitality Trust

Hersha Hospitality Trust, incorporated on May 27, 1998, is a self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company invests primarily in institutional grade hotels in urban gateway markets, including New ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Hersha Hospitality Trust.
The Pennsylvania, PA-based Consumer Services sector company Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) holds the number ten spot among the best performing stocks of the REIT sector. Classified as the Real Estate Investment Trusts business, the stock price of Hersha Hospitality Trust ended the previous year at a price of $7.89 per share while it reached the level of $10.75 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 36.25%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $420.67 million. Few leading stock market index includes Hersha Hospitality Trust in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.
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