REITs continue to outpace gains in the broader equity market. The FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index rose 4.58% in February while the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index gained 4.49%, compared with 3.43% for the S&P 500. "REITs are now triple where they were from the bottom of the market. The reason their returns continue to be strong is that the market is recognizing their strengths -- their access to capital and improving fundamentals," says Brad Case, NAREIT senior vice president of research and industry information.
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