Mortgage REIT investors have spent the better part of December sifting through press releases from companies such as Dynex Capital (DX), Annaly Capital Management (NLY), Hatteras Financial (HTS) and MFA Financial (MFA)

What investors have been searching for are dividend announcements and stock offerings -- and there have been plenty of both! In fact, every day this week investors have seen new press releases from these companies, with the news sending the individual stocks both higher and lower

On Monday morning, Dynex Capital upped its quarterly dividend to 27 cents per share, initially impressing investors and sending the stock higher, but after the bell that very same day, the company announced a public offering of 5 million shares (which was later increased to 6 million shares) which sent the stock sharply lower on Tuesday morning

The company was able to price the offering at $10.20 due to strong demand and the stock is currently trading above the offering price

For a list of ETFs that hold shares of Dynex Capital, visit the ETFs Containing DX page

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On Tuesday afternoon, investors found a press release from Hatteras Financial with disappointing news about the company's fourth quarter dividend

The company reduced its quarterly dividend for the second time this year to $1.00 per share, sending shares lower on Wednesday

If the company is able to maintain this dividend amount, investor would see a forward yield of approximately 13%

For a list of ETFs that hold shares of Hatteras Financial, visit the ETFs Containing HTS page

After the bell on Wednesday, investors heard from Annaly Capital Management

The company reduced its dividend by about 6% to 64 cents per share

While the dividend was inline with estimates and had the stock trading higher on Thursday, NLY has traded lower all week as fears of a secondary could be realized before the end of the month

Currently, Annaly is yielding investors a little more than 14% based on the new dividend

For a list of ETFs that hold shares of Annaly, visit the ETFs Containing NLY page

And the news continues today, with MFA Financial announcing its fourth quarter dividend this morning

The company raised its dividend by a penny to 23.5 cents per share, and investors applauded the news

On Thursday afternoon, shares of MFA were higher and the forward yield is approximately 11.5%

For a list of ETFs that hold shares of MFA Financial, visit the ETFs Containing MFA page

Despite the volatility in the sector this week, the iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage Plus Capped Index Fund (REM) is trading higher by more than 3% and is yielding investors approximately 10.5%

REM contains all four of the Mortgage REITs mentioned above, with Annaly Capital being the largest holding at 20.75% of the portfolio

For a full list of companies, visit the REM Holdings page

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