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Best Performing Retail REIT Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
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 2021 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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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) Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PEI) 2) Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (SKT) 3) Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (CDR) 4) EPR Properties (EPR) 5) Acadia Realty Trust (AKR)
 6) SITE Centers Corp. (SITC) 7) Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (RPT) 8) Simon Property Group Inc (SPG) 9) Kite Realty Group Trust (KRG) 10) Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLR)

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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.
Based on the market-cap change from $79.54 million to $162.5 million during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $1 per share to a price of $2.05 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PEI) was successful in generating YTD returns of 105 percentage. Standing at the number one rank in the top performing list of Retail REIT stocks, the Pennsylvania, PA-based Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment 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.

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-based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (SKT) belongs to the Consumer Services sector and is categorized as a Real Estate Investment Trusts company. The stock of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers ended the previous year at a price of $9.96 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $15.69 apiece, which indicates a change of 57.53 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Retail REIT for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $930.8 million. It has now changed to $1.58 billion as of writing. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 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.
The New York, NY-headquartered company Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. (CDR) is ranked number three among the best performing stocks of Retail 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 Cedar Realty Trust has changed by 50.35 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $10.13 per share and year-to-date closing price of $15.23 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $137.08 million to $206.66 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. Cedar Realty 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.

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.
During the given months of the year 2021, EPR Properties (EPR) was successful in generating YTD returns of 48.15 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 Missouri, MO-based EPR Properties closed at a price of $32.5 per share, while it traded at a price of $48.15 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $2.43 billion to $3.6 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.

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.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Acadia Realty Trust (AKR) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Rye, New York, 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 Acadia Realty Trust has so far gained 38.62 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $14.19 per share and year-to-date price of $19.67 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $1.22 billion to $1.7 billion. The stock of Acadia Realty Trust continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

SITE Centers

SITE is an owner and manager of open-air shopping centers that provide a highly-compelling shopping experience and merchandise mix for retail partners and consumers. The Company is a self-administered and self- ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of SITE Centers.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands SITE Centers Corp. (SITC), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $10.12 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $13.8 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 36.36 percentage. The Beachwood, OH-headquartered Real Estate sector company also saw its market value change from $1.96 billion to $2.88 billion. The Real Estate 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, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, incorporated on October 2, 1997, is an equity real estate investment trust. The Companys primary business is the ownership, management, redevelopment, development and operation of retail shopping ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust.
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (RPT) has moved by 36.18 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 $8.65 apiece to the price of $11.78 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Michigan, MI-based Real Estate Investment Trusts sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $700.32 million to $955.27 million over the same duration. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Simon Property

Simon Property Group, Inc., incorporated on March 10, 1998, is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, develops and manages retail real estate properties, which ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Simon Property.
The number eight spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Retail REIT sector is taken by Simon Property Group Inc (SPG). The company's stock price changed from $85.28 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $115.2 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 35.08 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Indianapolis, Indiana-based Consumer Services sector company was from $27.98 billion to $37.81 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, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Kite Realty Trust

Kite Realty Group Trust, incorporated on March 29, 2004, is a real estate investment trust. The Company, through its subsidiary, Kite Realty Group, L.P., owns interests in various operating subsidiaries ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Kite Realty Trust.
The Indiana, IN-based Consumer Services sector company Kite Realty Group Trust (KRG) 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 Kite Realty Trust ended the previous year at a price of $14.96 per share while it reached the level of $19.79 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 32.29%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $1.67 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Kite Realty 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.

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.
Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust (WHLR) generated percentage returns of 29.96 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $2.77 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $3.6 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $26.88 million to $34.94 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 Virginia, VA, 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. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.
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