4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Hatteras Financial

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, mortgage real estate investment trust Hatteras Financial (NYS: HTS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Hatteras' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Hatteras facts

Headquarters (founded)

Winston Salem, N.C. (2007)

Market Cap

$1.79 billion

Industry

Mortgage REITs

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$225.3 million

Management

Chairman/CEO Michael Hough

President/COO Benjamin Hough

Return on Equity (average, past 2 years)

17%

Total Debt

$14.9 billion

Dividend Yield

16.4%

Competitors

Annaly Capital Management (NYS: NLY)

Anworth Mortgage Asset (NYS: ANH)

Capstead Mortgage (NYS: CMO)

Source: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 280 members who have rated Hatteras believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include B1ll1am and PhysicsRules.

Earlier this year, B1ll1am tapped Hatteras as a timely income opportunity: "As long as interest rates stay low, [mortgage REITs] will be very profitable and pay huge dividends. Interest rates should remain low for at least 2 more years as the Real Estate market is still under pressure."

Hatteras, in particular, sports a whopping dividend yield of 16.4%. That's slightly higher than that of competitors such as Annaly (15.2%), Anworth (14.2%), and Capstead (15.4%).

CAPS member PhysicsRules touches the company's solid track-record:

Hatteras Financial Services is a REIT throwing off dividends comparable to NLY. Smarter people than me can analyze their portfolios and decide if the stream remains stable. I can only speak from experience, I have owned 500 shares for several years now. The dividend shows up every quarter and now I find myself in the very weird position where the shares I hold have been paid for entirely with the dividend.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Annaly. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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