Simon Property Group
This is one of the largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) and it boasts an outstanding market position. Simon Property Group Inc. (NYSE: SPG) invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, management and development of properties, primarily regional malls, premium outlets, mills and community/lifestyle centers. Through its subsidiary partnerships, it owns or has an interest in about 230 properties in the United States and Asia. The company also has a 28.9% interest in Klepierre, a European REIT with over 260 shopping centers in 13 countries.
While many fear the move away from brick-and-mortar stores, the Jefferies team notes that A level malls, many of which Simon’s owns, are exhibiting no signs of a slowdown in demand for high-quality mall space. With a lack of new supply coming, they see things shaping up nicely for this sector leader.
Investors are paid a 4.22% distribution. The $204 Merrill Lynch price target is well above the consensus target of $190.30. Shares closed Friday at $164.77.
This top telecommunications stock was the worst performing in the Dow Jones Industrial Average for much of this year. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is a global leader in delivering the digital world. Verizon Wireless operates America’s self-described most reliable wireless network, with 109.5 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and it delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.
The company recently completed the $4.48 billion purchase of Yahoo in an attempt to increase content delivery and internet exposure. The assets acquired from Yahoo will be combined with AOL brands under a new subsidiary called Oath, which ultimately will house more than 50 media and technology brands. The new company will be headed by former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, and many on Wall Street are positive on the deal.
Investors receive a 4.93% dividend. The Merrill Lynch price target is $50. The consensus target is $49.59, and the stock closed Friday at $47.86.
Four companies that are great total return stories and also offer investors a degree of safety in what has become a very expensive stock market. All make sense for more conservative growth and income accounts.