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REIT stocks in broad selloff as bond yields rise

Tomi Kilgore

Shares of real estate investment trust are selling off in unanimous fashion, as the better-than-expected June jobs data has fueled in a big jump in Treasury yields. The SPDR Real Estate Select Sector ETF shed 1.0% in midday trading, with all 32 of its equity components losing ground. The REIT ETF (XLRE) tends to act as a bond proxy given its relatively high dividend yield, which means it becomes less attractive to investors when bond prices fall and bond yields rise. The 10-year Treasury yield jumps 10.2 basis points to 2.055% after closing Wednesday at the lowest yield since November 2016. The XLRE's yield is 3.26%, compared with the implied yield for the S&P 500 of 1.93%. Among the XLRE's most-active components, shares of Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. declined 0.8%, Weyerhaeuser Co. lost 1.3%, HCP Inc. dropped 1.5% and Kimco Realty Co. slipped 0.5%. Of the XLRE's highest yielders, shares of Macerich Co. fell 0.4% and yields 9.05%, while Iron Mountain Inc. slid 1.7% and yields 7.78%.