Wednesday, December 12, 2007

REIT Stocks Continue to Tumble

On Tuesday, the MSCI US REIT Index (RMZ) dropped 5.61% to 914.85, and the SNL US REIT Equity Index plummeted 5.59% to 235.96 with five winners, 106 losers and four companies closing flat. The losses mark the worst one-day tumble for the SNL US REIT Equity Index since July 25, 1989.

By comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down 2.14% to 13,432.77, and the S&P 500 fell 2.53% to 1,477.65. The yield on the 10-year Treasury dropped to 3.97% from Monday’s
4.15% close.

The Federal Open Market Committee voted Dec. 11 to lower its target for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 4.25%, noting in its monetary policy statement that “incoming information suggests that economic growth is slowing, reflecting the intensification of the housing correction and some softening in business and consumer spending.” In a news release, the FOMC stated that strains in financial markets have increased in recent weeks. The FOMC believes their latest action, combined with previous moves, “should help promote moderate growth over time.” The committee also decided, in a related action, to cut the discount rate by 25 basis points to 4.75%.

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