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  • Alex Pettee, CFA

Real Estate Daily Recap: Stocks Slide on Trade Tensions, But Residential REITs Finish in the Green

Coming off a 0.9% decline last week, the Hoya Capital US REIT Index finished the day flat amid a sharp sell-off across the broader equity market. The S&P 500 dipped roughly 2.5% and the Nasdaq dipped another 3.5% as relations between China and the US appear to have deteriorated over the past week. The storage, healthcare, and manufactured housing REITs led the way, leading the broader residential REIT sector into the green for the day. Hotel, industrial, and data center REITs were the relative underperformers, At 2.41%, the 10-Year yield finished the day lower by 5 basis points to the lowest level since March.

The Hoya Capital US Housing Index finished the day lower by 1.6% with one of the eight sectors in positive territory. The Residential REIT and Homebuilder sectors were the strongest relative performing segments. HCP, ExtraSpace, Ventas, Public Storage, and Welltower were each up by more than 1% on the day.

The Home Furnishings and Homebuilding Products sectors were the relative laggards. The Home Furnishings most names reliant on imports were hit the hardest with At Home Group, Overstock, Restoration Hardware, Wayfair, Whirlpool, and Williams-Sonoma each down by 5% or more on the day.

After a relatively quiet week for housing and real estate-related data, we’ll get to see Homebuilder Sentiment Data and Retail Sales next Wednesday and Building Starts and Permits data on Thursday. As we’ve discussed, forward-looking data in the single-family housing markets continue to point to a recovery in building activity and new home sales for this year’s peak selling season.

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