Shares in REITs outperformed leading stock indexes in the past six weeks as worries receded over their access to capital and credit. The Dow Jones Equity All REIT Index delivered a 3.5% total return between the end of the second quarter on June 30 and Tuesday's close. The S&P 500-stock index gained 1% in that time, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw a 2.9% advance.

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