Shorts Aren't Bein Lured to REITs

Abrams, Sandra Lea
November 2004
Investment Dealers' Digest;11/1/2004, Vol. 70 Issue 42, p13
Trade Publication
The article presents information on short interests. According to J.R Morgan Chase's monthly short-interest study on real estate investment trusts, short interest as a percent of equity float for all REITs actually decreased one basis point to 2.4% between September 15 and October 15, 2004 putting it roughly 10 bps above the average of 2.3% for all shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Despite the flatness of the overall REIT market in terms in shorting activity, some REIT sectors are seeing significant activity--especially retail REITs. Short interest in the mall and strip center sectors increased 22 bps to 2.8% from 2.6% and 15 bps to 2.2% from 2.1%, respectively, for the month.


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