Research - MARCH 11, 2013

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Freestanding retail and healthcare lead REIT pack in February

by Sara Kassabian

In February 2013, equity REITs had a 1.24 percent positive return, according to the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT index.

The U.S. REIT market slightly underperformed the broader equity market during the past two months, but significantly outperformed the broader market in the 12 months ending Feb. 28, 2013. The All Equity REIT index was up by 19.19 percent over the period, in comparison with the S&P 500 Index’s gain of 13.46 percent during the same period.

Freestanding retail was the leading property type in February 2013, recording a 5.37 percent return, and was followed closely by the healthcare sector, up 5.35 percent. The industrial sector, which was the best performing sector in January, recorded a decline of 1 percent, and self-storage REITs, which was the worst performing sector, recorded a loss of 2.9 percent,.

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