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  • Alex Pettee, CFA

REIT Rally Fades | Mall Merger Dies | Hot Housing Data

  • U.S. equity markets finished mostly lower in a volatile session on Wednesday as investors parsed comments from Federal Reserve Chair Powell, who committed to provide continued support to financial markets.

  • Following a decline of 0.8% on Tuesday, the S&P 500 declined another 0.5% today while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined by 282 points following yesterday's 300 point-decline.

  • Adding to yesterday's declines of 2.0%, the broad-based Equity REIT ETFs declined by another 3.0% with all 18 property sectors in negative territory while the Mortgage REIT ETF dipped another 4.3%.

  • No deal: Simon Property plans to pull-out of its agreement to buy fellow Class A mall REIT owner Taubman Centers, alleging it breached covenants of their merger agreement amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • More strong housing data: the Mortgage Bankers Association reported this morning that mortgage applications to purchase a home rose for the 8th straight week and are now 13% higher from the same week last year.

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