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Friday Market Recap

Weekly Assessment of Global Real Estate Trends

August Retail Sales Down

In the U.S.: Headline August retail sales were down 0.2% m/m versus July’s downwardly revised 0.3% increase. Autos, electronics and appliances, building materials, and clothing all posted m/m declines. Online sales, which fell 1.1% m/m, posted the sharpest decline since April 2014. August industrial production was down 0.9% versus July’s 0.4% rise. Economists attributed the bulk of the slowdown

Hurricane Irma

In the U.S.: US continued to push for stronger UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea following its latest nuclear test. Bloomberg said a draft resolution is being circulated that imposes an oil embargo, bans North Korean textile exports and hiring of North Korean laborers abroad. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer announced that he would resign in mid-October.

Areas Affected by Hurricane Harvey

In the U.S.: August nonfarm payrolls increased 156K following a July’s downwardly revised 189K gain. The unemployment rate pushed up to 4.4% from 4.3% and the participation rate was unchanged at 62.9%. Hurricane Harvey flooded the gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana displacing thousands of families and killing over 40 people. Harvey has greatly interrupted the Texas energy sector

Featured Global Market Reports

Browse finance headlines from around the globe we’re keeping an eye on

The Benefits of Global Investing

With 2013 behind us, it is worth noting that Europe was the top performing global region within the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Index. Europe’s total return greatly exceeded those of Asia and North America, for dollar denominated investors, although Asia was the best performing region on a local currency basis. Europe’s strong performance comes on the heels of a good

Mexico: The Rise of Fibra

We conducted three days of due diligence on the nascent REIT industry in Mexico (two days in Mexico City and one in Monterrey), our itinerary filled with back-to-back meeting with management teams of five of the seven exiting Mexican REITs, called Fideicomisos de Infrastructura y Bienes Raices or Fibras for short. Our discoveries: Mexico is experiencing a manufacturing renaissance. 

A Greek Tragedy…or is it a Comedy?

A Greek Tragedy… or is it a Comedy? Clearly, it is a little of both. As the new Greek government fails to form a coalition, the entire “progress” of the Troika’s (IMF/ECB/EC – and Germany) negotiations reverts back to uncertainty and talk of a Greek exit from the Euro. It is comical that Greece can hold the entire Eurozone

UK CEO Panel Talks London Market

Our European analyst recently attended the BAML UK Real Estate conference in London.  One of the panel discussions involved five CEOs of prominent UK REITs talking about the state of the London real estate market.  The panelists were John Burns (DerwentLondon), Chris Grigg (BritishLand), David Atkins (Hammerson), David Fischel (Capital Shopping Centers), and now retired Francis Salway (Land Securities).

Domestic & Capital Market Insights

What’s happening at home, outlooks & reviews

Amazon-Whole Foods Merger Casts Smaller Shadow Over Retail REITs

Amazon’s (AMZN) announcement on the morning of June 16, 2017 that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Whole Foods Market (WFM) for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $13.7 billion was positively received by shareholders of both companies. WFM shares ended the day up 29.1% (above the acquisition price in anticipation of a competing/higher

2Q17 Capital Market Outlook

If the dual mandate of the FOMC is full employment and stable price (i.e. fighting inflation) and the FOMC’s preferred measure of inflation, the core personal consumption expenditures price index (“PCE”) is tipping downward by their own admission, why is the FOMC continuing on their tightening path? Well, the FOMC’s Philips Curve models say so. Named after a British

2Q17 Capital Market Review

Politics provided plenty of entertainment during the quarter but looking back on the past three months, nothing much has really happened and the effect of politics on the financial markets have been ephemeral. President Trump firing FBI director Comey might have created a media firestorm and a sharp one-day drawdown in the equity markets but it may end up

Amazon’s $13.7 Billion Step into Bricks & Mortar

Last Friday, e-commerce juggernaut Amazon announced an agreement to acquire Whole Foods Market in an all-cash transaction valued at $13.7 billion. Whole Foods Market generated sales of nearly $16 billion in 2016 across more than 460 stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., which represents an estimated 2.5% share of the entire grocery industry. Share prices of competing