10 Real Estate Stocks Move On Thursday: Fed Rate Cut Possibility Sparks Rally For Troubled Sector

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Zinger Key Points
  • Federal Reserve's rate cut signals boost real estate stocks, especially those with higher debt levels.
  • VanEck Office and Commercial Real Estate ETF gains, highlighting debt-laden companies' potential relief from rate cuts.

The Federal Reserve’s indication of upcoming interest rate cuts injected optimism into the real estate sector, particularly benefiting stocks under pressure due to exposure to the office industry or elevated debt levels.

A Shift Towards Speculation

Thursday’s session suggests the rally has been more pronounced among real estate companies with higher debt levels

This shift may signify a growing investor inclination towards speculative stocks within the real estate sector, banking on the premise that forthcoming rate cuts could provide a much-needed respite for real estate investment trusts (REITs) grappling with significant debt burdens.

The Fed’s March dot plot hints at three rate cuts in 2024, with a further three anticipated the following year. This strategic direction is coupled with an upgraded growth forecast, from 1.4% to 2.1%, painting a potentially brighter picture for the real estate sector.

Market Reactions Among Real Estate ETFs And Stocks

  • The Vanguard Real Estate ETF VNQ experienced an uplift, marking a 0.8% rise on Wednesday followed by a 0.7% increase on Thursday.
  • Within the ETF’s portfolio, stocks of companies heavily indebted or linked to the challenged office sector saw the largest gains.
  • City Office REIT, Inc. CIO skyrocketed by over 16% on Thursday, a significant rebound after a year-to-date loss exceeding 30%. The company’s net debt stood at more than six times its EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, debt and amortization).
  • Compass Inc. COMP and Office Properties Income Trust OPI: Both companies enjoyed rallies of over 7%. Office Properties Income Trust’s net debt surpassed its EBITDA by over eight times.
  • Anywhere Real Estate Inc. HOUS and Vornado Realty Trust VNO: These companies also featured among the top performers for the day, with shares up 7% and 5.5%, respectively.
  • The VanEck Office And Commercial Real Estate ETF DESK showcased a back-to-back 2.2% rally on Wednesday and Thursday, indicating office-related REITs positively reacted after the Fed meeting.
Company Name1-Day %Net Debt / EBITDA (FY)
City Office REIT, Inc.16.47%6.8x
Office Properties Income Trust8.22%8.5x
Compass, Inc.7.93%
Anywhere Real Estate Inc.7.10%8.9x
DigitalBridge Group, Inc. DBRG6.42%0.2x
Vornado Realty Trust5.47%9.1x
Opendoor Technologies Inc. OPEN5.37%
Peakstone Realty Trust PKST4.92%
Zillow Group, Inc. ZG4.85%
Diversified Healthcare Trust DHC4.82%13.0x
Douglas Emmett, Inc. DEI4.71%8.6x

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