• Alex Pettee, CFA

No Deal Yet • REITs Lag • Dividend Increases

Summary

  • U.S. equity markets retreated from record-highs as investors await Congress to finalize the long-delayed fiscal stimulus renewal and assess the early progress on coronavirus vaccine distribution.

  • Finishing the week higher by 1.0%, the S&P 500 finished lower by 0.35% today while the Dow declined 123 points. Small-Caps and Mid-Caps lagged today but outperformed on the week.

  • Real estate equities were the laggards on the day as the broad-based Equity REIT ETF (VNQ) finished lower 2.0% today with all 18 property sectors in negative territory.

  • Three mortgage REITs boosted their dividends this morning: Hunt Companies (HCFT), Two Harbors (TWO), and Western Asset Mortgage (WMC). Diversified equity REIT Alexander & Baldwin (ALEX) resumed its dividend yesterday afternoon.

  • We'll have a full analysis of REIT Dividend Season and this week's price action in our Real Estate Weekly Recap published tomorrow morning.

Real Estate Daily Recap

U.S. equity markets retreated from record-highs as investors await Congress to finalize the long-delayed fiscal stimulus renewal and assess the early progress on coronavirus vaccine distribution. Finishing the week higher by 0.8%, the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) finished lower by 0.4% today while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) declined 123 points. Real estate equities were the laggards on the day as the broad-based Equity REIT ETF (VNQ) finished lower 1.9% today with all 18 property sectors in negative territory. The Mortgage REIT ETF (REM) declined 0.5% on the day.

The first week of coronavirus vaccine distribution has seemingly progressed as-expected with roughly 3 million doses of Pfizer's (PFE) vaccine shipped and should ramp-up next week following the anticipated approval of the Moderna (MRNA) vaccine and as many as 40 million Americans - 15% of the U.S. population - could be vaccinated over the next two weeks. 6 of the 11 GICS equity sectors finished in negative territory today, dragged on the downside by the Energy (XLE), Commerical Real Estate (XLRE), and Financials (XLF) sectors. We'll have a full analysis of REIT Dividend Season and this week's price action in our Real Estate Weekly Recap published tomorrow morning.

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