Contagion and REIT Stock Prices
Posted: 28 Dec 1998
This article investigates the contagious movement of real estate investment trust (REIT) stock prices in response to real estate news related to financial institutions= real estate portfolios. The basic hypothesis is that because real estate assets are traded infrequently, the market has incomplete information about their true value; thus, REIT stock prices react negatively to announcements of poorly performing real estate portfolios of financial institutions. Consistent with the hypothesis, significantly negative reactions to these announcements are found for a portfolio of sixty-nine REITs during the real estate crisis of 1989?91.
JEL Classification: E31
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