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U.S. equity markets rebounded from an early-week dive as investors shrugged-off COVID concerns following a historically strong start to corporate earnings season and better-than-expected housing market data.
"American Exceptionalism" was the theme as COVID concerns across international markets have created a "Goldilocks" environment for domestic-focused equities and real estate markets despite surging inflation.
Rebounding from its sharpest decline since May, the S&P 500 rallied 2.0% on the week to close the week at fresh record-highs. Residential REITs and homebuilders were among the leaders.
The housing market cooldown was short-lived as the combination of soaring rents, easing supply shortages, and lower mortgage rates appear to have spurred a second wave of home buying activity.
Real estate earnings season kicked off this week. "Beat and Raise" was the theme with particularly impressive results from homebuilders, manufactured housing, and industrial REITs.
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