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REITs outperform the broader stock market in April

by Sara Kassabian

U.S. REITs outperformed the broader equity market in April, with All Equity REITs returning 6.33 percent versus the S&P 500 Index’s 1.93 percent, according to the FTSE NAREIT U.S. REIT Index.

Brad Case, senior vice president of research at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), notes that the REIT market has outperformed the stock market in the first four months of the year.

Ken Weinberg, senior portfolio manager at CBRE Securities, says the strong fundamentals, growing yields, and increase in rents and occupancies across most property markets has driven investor interest in commercial real estate securities.    

“It’s a great time to own commercial real estate,” says Jim Sullivan, managing director of REIT research at Green Street Advisors. “The economy is growing just fast enough for landlords to increa

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