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Best Performing Retail REIT Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
Retail is the business of selling consumer goods or services to the end customers using a variety of distribution channels to make profits. Retailers fulfill the needs of regular purchase of customers by a supply chain. There are companies which are in the business of retail, and they offer their shares as listed securities in the form of real estate investment trusts or REITs. (See also, List of Best Performing REIT)
Retail REITs are a type of REIT which build, own, operate and manages retail properties in key business areas and upmarket regions. They may also be involved in leasing out the retail space to suitable store operators and earn a steady rental income. Such retail REITs include REITs that focus on large and small malls, takeaways, outlets, shopping centers, grocery stores and shops of big and small retailers. One can take investment exposure to such real estate securities by taking shares/units of these REITs.
Explore more: See the best performing REITs lists of Healthcare REITs, Industrial REITs, Hotel REITs, Retail REITs, Office REITs, Residential REITs, Diversified REITs and Mortgage REITs.

Among the various available property-linked securitites in the category of Retail REITs, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Retail REIT stocks?
This article provides a list of Retail 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 Retail REIT stocks between the end of the previous year and , and the top 10 return generating Retail REIT stocks are listed below.

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Top Retail REIT Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Retail REIT sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (CDR) 2) Washington Prime Group Inc. (WPG) 3) Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLR) 4) Taubman Centers, Inc. (TCO) 5) Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLRD)
 6) Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLRP) 7) Brookfield Property REIT Inc. (BPRAP) 8) Agree Realty Corporation (ADC) 9) Brookfield Property REIT Inc. (BPR) 10) NexPoint Real Estate Finance (NREF)

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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

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 one rank in the top performing list of Retail 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.

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.
The Ohio, OH-based Washington Prime Group Inc. (WPG) belongs to the Consumer Services sector and is categorized as a Real Estate Investment Trusts company. The stock of Washington Prime ended the previous year at a price of $3.64 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $6.51 apiece, which indicates a change of 78.85 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Retail REIT for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $679.22 million. It has now changed to $135.58 million as of writing. Washington Prime 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.

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.
The Virginia, VA-headquartered company Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLR) is ranked number three among the best performing stocks of Retail 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 Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust has changed by 68.9 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $1.64 per share and year-to-date closing price of $2.77 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $15.9 million to $26.88 million during the same period. Along with Retail REIT, the company is also in the business of REIT, Consumer Services, Real Estate Investment Trusts, REIT, Real Estate, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust 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.

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.
During the given months of the year 2020, Taubman Centers, Inc. (TCO) was successful in generating YTD returns of 38.28 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 Michigan, MI-based Taubman Centers closed at a price of $31.09 per share, while it traded at a price of $42.99 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $1.9 billion to $2.65 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 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.

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.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLRD) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Virginia, VA, 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 Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust has so far gained 20.72 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $14.91 per share and year-to-date price of $18 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $13.92 million to $16.8 million.

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. (WHLRP), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $10.99 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $13 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 18.29 percentage. The Virginia, VA-headquartered Consumer Services sector company also saw its market value change from $11.09 million to $13.12 million.

Brookfield Property REIT

Brookfield Property REIT Inc. (“BPR”) is a subsidiary of Brookfield Property Partners L.P., (NASDAQ: BPY; TSX: BPY.UN) (“BPY”) one of the world's largest commercial real estate companies, with approximately ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Brookfield Property REIT.
Brookfield Property REIT Inc. (BPRAP) has moved by -0.24 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 $25.11 apiece to the price of $25.05 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. 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 $1.83 billion to $1.82 billion over the same duration.

Agree Realty

Agree Realty Corporation (Agree Realty), incorporated on December 15, 1993, is an integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) primarily focused on the ownership, acquisition, development and management of retail properties. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Agree Realty.
The number eight spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Retail REIT sector is taken by Agree Realty Corporation (ADC). The company's stock price changed from $70.17 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $66.58 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of -5.12 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Bloomfield Hills, MI-based Consumer Services sector company was from $2.98 billion to $3.69 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Retail 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.

Brookfield Property REIT

Brookfield Property REIT Inc. (“BPR”) is a subsidiary of Brookfield Property Partners L.P., (NASDAQ: BPY; TSX: BPY.UN) (“BPY”) one of the world's largest commercial real estate companies, with approximately ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Brookfield Property REIT.
The New York, NY-based Consumer Services sector company Brookfield Property REIT Inc. (BPR) holds the number nine spot among the best performing stocks of the Retail REIT sector. Classified as the Real Estate Investment Trusts business, the stock price of Brookfield Property REIT ended the previous year at a price of $18.44 per share while it reached the level of $16.31 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of -11.55%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $1.07 billion.

NexPoint Real Estate Finance

NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate finance company in the United States. It focuses on originating, structuring, and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of NexPoint Real Estate Finance.
NexPoint Real Estate Finance (NREF) generated percentage returns of -12.13 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $18.8 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $16.52 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $0 million to $84.47 million during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Real Estate speciality business with further classification in the REIT Diversified sub-category. Based in Dallas, Texas, the YTD performance of the Retail REIT sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes.
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