05/18/2021 | by

REIT share prices declined again last week, with a negative 1.2% total return on the FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs Index. Residential REITs edged up 0.1%, but all other property sectors were in the red, with the largest declines among timber (-3.6%), retail (-2.9%), and diversified REITs (-2.8%). mREITs were also down last week, with a negative 1.3% return for home financing mREITs and negative 1.4% return for commercial financing mREITs.

Returns year-to-date remain in positive territory, however, following the six-week string of increases from mid-March through end of April. In fact, nine of the 12 property sectors have double-digit positive returns so far this year, led by the 27.3% gain by retail REITs.

Weekly REIT Returns chart for 05/18

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