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PUBLIC STORAGE (PSA)

This week’s Focus Stock of the Week is Public Storage (PSA: $175.08), which carries S&P Capital IQ’s highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy. Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust, organized as a corporation under the laws of California. PSA operates three business segments: domestic self-storage, Europe self-storage, and commercial. In the U.S., PSA is the largest owner and operator of storage space, with direct and indirect equity investments in 2,200 self-storage facilities located in 38 states within the U.S. operating under the Public Storage name....
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Industrial REITs

We have a neutral fundamental outlook on the industrial REITs sub-industry. In our view, demand for industrial space tends to lag economic trends, particularly the level of payroll employment. Most industrial REIT portfolios primarily consist of bulk distribution and logistics facilities, closely tied to the level of consumer spending. In 2013, we think economic growth, albeit modest, has led to gradual improvements in demand, particularly for large blocks of warehouse space....
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