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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.

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Additional Disclosure: It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Index performance cited in this commentary does not reflect the performance of any fund or other account managed or serviced by Hoya Capital Real Estate. Data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Information presented is believed to be factual and up-to-date, but we do not guarantee its accuracy.