U.S. equity REITS are outperforming banks in terms of share price and total returns, as well as dividend yields, SNL reports. The SNL U.S. REIT Equity Index posted a 58.35% price return between January 2008 and December 2011. The SNL U.S. Bank Index posted a negative 17.52% price return for the same time period. The Standard & Poor's 500 index returned 39.23%.

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