The Impact of the New Real Estate Sector on REITs: An Event Study
Posted: 24 May 2017 Last revised: 24 Jun 2020
Date Written: February 19, 2018
This paper examines the impact of reclassifying equity Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) in the S&P 500 by transferring them from the Financials sector to a new Global Industry Classification Standard sector named Real Estate in an event-study context. The creation of the new sector had a significant impact on REITs included in the new Real Estate sector. Prior to the event date, REITs experienced significant negative returns. But after the event date, REITs also experienced significant positive returns. The returns prior to (after) the event date would have resulted in a retail investor having some losses (gains). While the magnitude of the trading volume increased noticeably prior to the event date, overall trading volume was not discernibly impacted.
Keywords: REITs; Event-Study Methodology; Abnormal Return; Trading Volume; S&P Additions
JEL Classification: G14; C10
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