Divided Nation Lifts REITs
U.S. equity markets surged by the most since April on an election week rally fueled by the mounting prospects of a divided government after the "Blue Wave" failed to materialize.Rebounding from their worst week since March, the S&P 500 surged by 7.2% this past week while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied by nearly 2,000 points.While the ultimate balance of power remains undetermined, a near-even split in both chambers of Congress reduces the possibilities for significant changes to tax or regulatory policy and suggests a "lower-for-longer" environment.Real estate equities delivered a fairly strong week despite underperformance from the COVID-sensitive property sectors. REITs jumped more than 4% while homebuilders surged nearly 7%.Apartment REITs were among the leaders after California voters rejected a rent control initiative. Cannabis REITs surged as several more states legalized marijuana. Two more REITs boosted dividends on a frenetic week of real estate earnings reports.
Seekingalpha · 11/09 13:00
Rents Paid, Dividends Raised: REIT Earnings Recap
Flying under-the-radar during Election season, a frenzy of real estate earnings reports over the last three weeks have provided critical information on the state of the commercial real estate sector.Roughly two-thirds of the 170 equity REITs in our coverage universe beat consensus FFO estimates while nearly two dozen REITs boosted full-year guidance compared to just one that lowered it.The wave of dividend cuts during the pandemic has been reversed. Eight REITs boosted their dividend above pre-pandemic rates, bringing the total to 39 equity REITs and 2 mortgage REITs.We did see some fireworks as well. Two troubled mall REITs filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the pandemic finally pushed these struggling landlords over the edge.The bifurcation between "essential" and "non-essential" sectors widened. Residential REITs were the positive standouts this quarter on the resilient strength of the housing sector while retail REITs continue to stumble.
Seekingalpha · 11/06 13:00
REITs Slammed As Lockdowns Sweep Europe
U.S. equity markets plunged by the most since March this week as a strong slate of economic data and corporate earnings was overwhelmed by pre-election jitters and amplified coronavirus concerns.A cascading wave of lockdowns across Europe rattled global equity markets while narrowing poll numbers in the U.S. compromise the prospects of a renewed fiscal stimulus package.Sitting on the cusp of "correction territory," the S&P 500 ended the week lower by nearly 6% while major Eurozone equity indexes plunge by over 10%. Technology stocks remained under pressure.Real estate equities were a surprising source of stability. Equity REITs and Mortgage REITs were relative outperformers on the week following a strong start to third-quarter earnings season as three more REITs boosted dividends.This week's sell-off came despite better-than-expected economic data, underscored by a record 33.1% surge in third-quarter GDP growth as the United States continues to outperform essentially all other developed economies during the pandemic.
Seekingalpha · 11/01 14:30
REITs Hit As Earnings Loom
U.S. equity markets finished flat this week as better-than-expected economic data and earnings results were offset by a continued fiscal stalemate and pressure on technology stocks amid a censorship controversy.The S&P 500 managed to eke out a 0.1% gain this week. The Nasdaq 100 ended the week on a four-day skid as Twitter and Facebook face Congressional subpoenas.Coming off its best two-week gain since April, a sharp sell-off among COVID-sensitive property sectors sent Equity REITs lower by 2.7% with 17 of 18 property sectors in negative territory.Retail sales were far stronger than expected in September, gaining for the fifth month in a row and setting new record highs. Retail sales are now higher by 5.4% from last year, led by the e-commerce and home improvement categories.While retail sales and housing data have exhibited continued strength, the employment recovery has shown signs of losing steam in recent weeks with Initial Jobless Claims coming in above estimates.
Seekingalpha · 10/17 13:00
Healthcare REITs: Signs Of Life
Healthcare REITs - which have been "ground-zero" of the coronavirus pandemic - have shown signs of life over the past quarter on stabilizing fundamentals and on hopes of a potential vaccine.For senior housing REITs, in particular, the pandemic has put a significant dent in near-term demand and has driven significantly higher expenses, but interim updates suggest the worst is behind them.Despite the headwinds, healthcare REITs reported near-perfect rent collection outside of the senior housing sub-sector. Five healthcare REITs have reduced dividends this year, while three have raised.The long-term outlook for senior housing remains intact as the long-awaited demographic-driven demand boom is finally arriving. Attitudes towards senior housing, however, need to be monitored.No healthcare REIT sector is entirely immune from the long-term consequences of the pandemic. Even the "safe haven" Medical Office Building sub-sector faces pressures from the dramatically increased use of telemedicine.
Seekingalpha · 10/13 17:00
Go Big Or Go Home
U.S. equity markets delivered their strongest week in three months, driven by solid economic data and renewed hope for a compromise on the ever-elusive fiscal stimulus deal.Following gains of 1.6% last week, the S&P 500 surged 3.9% this week, climbing back within 3% of all-time highs. The gains were again led by Small-Cap and Mid-Cap stocks.Coming-off its best week since July, equity REITs finished higher by another 1.3% this week with 9 of 18 property sectors in positive territory. "Essential" property sectors again led the way.Rent Paid: The National Multifamily Housing Council’s Rent Payment Tracker found that rent collection is back in line with pre-pandemic levels despite the dire forecasts to the contrary.Return to Work: Continuing Jobless Claims decreased to 10.98 million, down exactly one million from last week. Since the peak in early May at around 25 million, Continuing Claims have retreated by 13.9 million.
Seekingalpha · 10/10 13:00
Best Real Estate ETFs Of 2020
Top spot this year goes to the Pacer Benchmark Data & Infrastructure Real Estate SCTR ETF. It holds 22 individual names, 13 of which are REITs.Also among the top three is the Pacer Benchmark Industrial Real Estate SCTR ETF, which holds 17 names – all of which are REITs – in the industrial and self-storage space.Last but not least is The Hoya Capital Housing ETF. It’s advised by Hoya Capital Real Estate, a long-time Seeking Alpha contributor and a contributor to iREIT.
Seekingalpha · 10/08 18:01
Manufactured Housing REITs: Not Enough Homes, So Onto Boats
Manufactured Housing REITs have proven to be immune from coronavirus-related headwinds that have slammed much of the real estate sector, collecting nearly 100% of rents, while also boosting dividends this year.Driven by the macroeconomic tailwinds associated with the affordable housing shortage and favorable demographics, Manufactured Housing ("MH") REITs have been the best-performing real estate sector of the past decade.External growth through acquisitions has provided an added boost. Amid this housing shortage, MH REITs have begun investing in a new - but fundamentally similar - asset class: boat marinas.Headwinds become tailwinds - after a sharp slowdown in late-Spring, recreational vehicle and boat sales have smashed records this summer, while the U.S. housing market has roared back to life.MH REITs aren't cheap, but long-term fundamentals remain stellar for this "essential" property sector. Low supply and strong demographic-driven demand for housing continue to provide a compelling backdrop.
Seekingalpha · 10/06 15:00
REITs Rally Despite October Surprise
U.S. equity markets snapped a four-week losing streak on a frenetic week of economic data and political developments that culminated with the hospitalization of the President of the United States.Throwing yet another curveball into the home stretch of a highly contentious U.S. election season, the shocking developments on Friday overshadowed a generally strong week of economic data.Beginning the week on the cusp of "correction territory," the S&P 500 gained 1.6% this week. The Small-Cap and Mid-Cap indexes, however, surged nearly 5% while tech stocks lagged.Real estate equities and other economically-sensitive equity sectors were also among the leaders this week, seemingly unfazed by the October surprise. REITs rallied more than 5%, the best week since July.Homebuilders also surged following another stellar slate of housing data, including record-setting Pending Home Sales and metrics showing robust mortgage demand for home purchases as the housing industry continues to lead the recovery.
Seekingalpha · 10/03 13:00
Housing REITs climbing as Berenberg starts 5 stocks with Buys
Stocks of manufactured housing and single-family-rental REITs will continue their advantage over the broader sector, Berenberg says as it initiates bullish coverage on five stocks.Analyst Keegan Carl puts a Buy
Seekingalpha · 10/01 14:34
Supreme Uncertainty Hits REITs
U.S. equity markets finished broadly lower on another volatile week, pressured by "supreme uncertainty" amid a contentious U.S. election season and lingering coronavirus concerns as we enter the colder months.Declining for the fourth-straight week following a six-week winning streak, the S&P 500 dipped another 0.6% this week and is now roughly 8% below its all-time highs set last month.This "supreme uncertainty" weighed on real estate equities and other economically-sensitive sectors this week. Equity REITs finished lower by 3.1% this week with 17 of 18 property sectors in negative territory.New Home Sales topped estimates, surging 43% in August from last year to the highest annual rate since 2006, another sign that the housing industry continues to lead the economic recovery.While the housing industry rebound has shown continued resilience, there are signs that the rebound in labor markets may be losing some steam ahead of a critical week of employment data - the final jobs report before Election Day.
Seekingalpha · 09/26 13:00
Homebuilders: A V-Shaped Vendetta
An antihero of the prior financial crisis, Homebuilders have seemingly been on a vendetta over the last six months, asserting themselves as the unexpected leader of the early post-pandemic recovery.Homebuilders were slammed at the outset of the pandemic on fears that a coronavirus-induced recession could inflame a repeat of the Great Financial Crisis for the critical U.S. housing.Instead, the U.S. housing industry has roared back to life in recent months. New Home Sales, Existing Home Sales, and Home Prices have all seen a substantial reacceleration this year.The sharp rebound in housing market activity has been aided by longer-term macroeconomic trends of favorable millennial-led demographics, historically low housing supply, and near-record low mortgage rates.Housing remains an “unloved” sector despite the compelling long-term tailwinds at its back. Homebuilders trade at deeply discounted valuations to the S&P 500 despite their stellar growth rates.
Seekingalpha · 09/25 12:00
Billions Rotate Through Giant Tech ETF Thanks to Options Boom
Bloomberg · 09/22 15:36
ECB’s Panetta Lays Out Case For Preemptive Monetary Stimulus
The case for the European Central Bank to add monetary stimulus gained momentum on Tuesday, with Executive Board Member Fabio Panetta saying policy makers should err on the side of doing more to keep the rebound on track.
Bloomberg · 09/22 13:41
Credit Nerves on Show as Junk Fund Sees Biggest Exodus in Months
More than two weeks of doubt and volatility in the stock market are finally starting to show up in corporate bonds.
Bloomberg · 09/22 12:36
Investors Flee Largest Tech ETF at Fastest Pace in Two Decades
Bloomberg · 09/21 13:52
Dividend Hikes Lift REITs
On another choppy week, U.S. equity markets finished mostly lower despite a solid slate of economic data and assurances from the Federal Reserve that it would keep interest rates near-zero indefinitely.Declining for the third-straight week following a six-week winning streak, the S&P 500 dipped another 1.0% this week and is now roughly 7% below its recent all-time highs.An encouraging slate of dividend news and rent collection updates buoyed real estate equities this week, particularly the more beaten-down property sectors, including malls, hotels, student housing, and mortgage REITs.After the Equity REIT sector was slammed by a wave of 64 dividend cuts in March through June, since then, we've seen far more dividend increases than dividend cuts in the REIT sector, including five more boosts from equity REITs and three from mortgage REITs this week.Housing Heats-Up: Homebuilder Sentiment jumped to the strongest levels on record in September, driven by a surge in Home Buyer Traffic, which far exceeded previous record levels as inventory levels remain historically tight.
Seekingalpha · 09/19 13:00
Timber REITs: Literally On Fire
One of the best-performing REIT sectors this year, Timber REITs have nearly doubled since their mid-pandemic lows in March, reignited by a rejuvenation in the suddenly red-hot U.S. housing market.Housing has proven to be the "ultimate essential service." Households have exhibited a propensity to prioritize housing-related payments and investments in home improvement and living situation upgrades amid the pandemic.Lumber prices have soared to record-highs from the combination of insatiable demand and reduced supply resulting from pandemic-related production shutdowns and forest fires raging in the Pacific Northwest.Timber REITs were caught off-guard by the velocity of the rebound in lumber demand from single-family homebuilding and remodeling activity and have struggled to meet customer demand.Long-term fundamentals look strong for the Timber REIT and broader housing sectors, powered by demographic trends that suggest a revival of the suburbs and single-family housing in the 2020s.
Seekingalpha · 09/17 17:00
What Goes Up Must Come Down
The "tech-wreck" dragged on as U.S. equity markets declined for the second-straight week after Congress failed to reach a compromise on a renewed stimulus package and after a potential vaccine setback.The seemingly unstoppable rally from the "stay-at-home winners" has come to a screeching halt over the last two weeks. The Nasdaq 100 dipped into "correction territory" with declines of nearly 5%.It was an especially choppy week in the real estate sector as the relatively mundane 2.2% decline from the broad-based Equity REIT ETF masked a sharp dip from retail REITs.It shaped up to be a very busy week of REIT-related news flow, headlined by a flurry of rent collection updates, several dividend increases, and some notable M&A news in the mall and self-storage REIT sectors.Homebuilders were a bright spot this week as housing data continues to impress. Mortgage applications to purchase a single-family home are now higher by a stunning 40% from last year.
Seekingalpha · 09/12 13:00
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