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Best Performing REIT Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
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 2020 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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Top REIT Stocks With Highest Returns

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) VEREIT Inc. (VER) 2) Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (CDR) 3) Power REIT (PW) 4) Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. (HASI) 5) Washington Prime Group Inc. (WPG)
 6) Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLR) 7) InnSuites Hospitality Trust (IHT) 8) Taubman Centers, Inc. (TCO) 9) Farmland Partners Inc. (FPI) 10) Equinix, Inc. (EQIX)
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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

VEREIT

VEREIT, Inc., incorporated on December 2, 2010, is a full-service real estate operating company. The Company operates through two business segments: real estate investment (REI) segment and investment management segment, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of VEREIT.
The New York, NY-based VEREIT Inc. (VER) belongs to the Consumer Services sector and is categorized as a Real Estate Investment Trusts company. The stock of VEREIT ended the previous year at a price of $9.24 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $37.79 apiece, which indicates a change of 308.98 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the REIT for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $9.75 billion. It has now changed to $8.25 billion as of writing. VEREIT 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.

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.
Based on the market-cap change from $262.61 million to $137.08 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $2.95 per share to a price of $10.13 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (CDR) was successful in generating YTD returns of 243.39 percentage. Standing at the number two rank in the top performing list of REIT stocks, the New York, NY-based Cedar Realty Trust 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.

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.
The West Virginia, WV-headquartered company Power REIT (PW) is ranked number three among the best performing stocks of REIT of 2020. The Consumer Services sector business falls under the Real Estate Investment Trusts industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Power REIT has changed by 196.78 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $9 per share and year-to-date closing price of $26.71 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $16.7 million to $51.18 million during the same period. Along with REIT, the company is also in the business of Diversified REIT, Consumer Services, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Power REIT continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capita

Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc., incorporated on November 7, 2012, makes debt and equity investments in sustainable infrastructure, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Company focuses on providing ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capita.
During the given months of the year 2020, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. (HASI) was successful in generating YTD returns of 97.11 percentage which helped it gain the number four spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2020 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Maryland, MD-based Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capita closed at a price of $32.18 per share, while it traded at a price of $63.43 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $2.11 billion to $4.78 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Consumer Services industry sector and further specialized as a Real Estate Investment Trusts sector business.

Washington Prime

Washington Prime Group Inc. (WPG Inc.), formerly WP Glimcher Inc., incorporated on December 13, 2013, operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Companys primary business ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Washington Prime.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Washington Prime Group Inc. (WPG) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Ohio, OH, the Consumer Services sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Washington Prime has so far gained 78.85 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $3.64 per share and year-to-date price of $6.51 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $679.22 million to $135.58 million. The stock of Washington Prime 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.

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc., incorporated on June 23, 2011, is a self-managed commercial real estate investment company. The Company focuses on acquiring and managing retail properties with a ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLR), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $1.64 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $2.77 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 68.9 percentage. The Virginia, VA-headquartered Consumer Services sector company also saw its market value change from $15.9 million to $26.88 million. 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.

InnSuites Hospitality Trust

InnSuites Hospitality Trust (NYSE MKT symbol: IHT) first listed on the NYSE in 1971 is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona is an unincorporated Ohio Business Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that own ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of InnSuites Hospitality Trust.
InnSuites Hospitality Trust (IHT) has moved by 43.79 percentage over the given period of 2020-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 $1.53 apiece to the price of $2.2 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Arizona, AZ-based Real Estate Investment Trusts sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $14.24 million to $20.12 million over the same duration.

Taubman Centers

Taubman Centers, Inc., incorporated on November 21, 1973, is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Companys segment is focused on owning, developing and managing regional shopping ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Taubman Centers.
The number eight spot in the list of top performing stocks of the REIT sector is taken by Taubman Centers, Inc. (TCO). The company's stock price changed from $31.09 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $42.99 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 38.28 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Michigan, MI-based Consumer Services sector company was from $1.9 billion to $2.65 billion. 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, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Farmland Partners

Farmland Partners, Inc., incorporated on September 27, 2013, is an internally managed real estate company. The Company owns and seeks to acquire farmland located in agricultural markets throughout North America. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Farmland Partners.
Farmland Partners (FPI) generated percentage returns of 28.32 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $6.78 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $8.7 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $353.62 million to $255.02 million 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 Denver, CO, United States, 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.

Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Equinix), incorporated on June 22, 1998, operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company connects various companies directly to their customers and partners inside interconnected data ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Equinix.
The California, CA-based Consumer Services sector company Equinix, Inc. (EQIX) 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 Equinix ended the previous year at a price of $583.7 per share while it reached the level of $714.18 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 22.35%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $63.64 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Equinix in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.
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