Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, shopping center REIT Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

ROIC facts

Headquarters (founded)

White Plains, N.Y. (2007)

Market Cap

$682.7 million

Industry

Retail REIT

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$72.1 million

Management

President/CEO Stuart Tanz
CFO John Roche

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

0.8%

Cash / Debt

$23.5 million / $279.5 million

Dividend Yield

4.4%

Competitors

Kimco Realty Macerich Vornado Realty Trust


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

On CAPS, 98% of the 496 members who have rated ROIC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those Fools, GaddafiDuck, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

The perfect stock for today's volatile market in my opinion.

1. ROIC is sure to benefit from the FED's commitment to lower rates.
2. There is no better time to buy property than in a depressed market like the one we are stuck in.
3. Low Beta (.2) provides defense against the coming recession.
4. Healthy [dividend yield] (4.4%) which other analysts have speculated will increase in the future.

If you want market-thumping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite a perfect five-star rating, ROIC may not be your top choice.

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The article Why Retail Opportunity Investments Will Outperform originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Retail Opportunity Investments. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Retail Opportunity Investments. 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 Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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