Two top REITs for income and gains

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RIOCAN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST $24.19 (Toronto symbol REI.UN; Units outstanding: 300.7 million; Market cap: $7.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 5.8%; www.riocan.com) is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust (REIT), with interests in 348 shopping malls containing over 83 million square feet of leasable area. That total includes 50 U.S. malls with over 13.7 million square feet. Earlier this year, RioCan ended its joint venture with Retail Properties of America (New York symbol RPAI). As a result, RioCan now holds 100% of eight malls in Texas, including the dominant shopping centres in Austin and San Antonio. In the quarter ended June 30, 2013, RioCan’s revenue rose 9.7%, to $272 million from $248 million a year earlier. Cash flow per unit increased 8.1%, to $0.40 from $0.37. The units yield 5.8%. RioCan continues to see many growth opportunities in Canada and the U.S. In 2012, it spent $926 million on properties. So far this year, it has bought nine…

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