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  • mREITs fail to match earnings estimates

    QE3 uncertainty, rising rates pressure market volatility
    Going into earnings season, many experts were cautious on the book values for agency and hybrid mortgage real estate investment trusts, fearing that significant volatility would spook the market into further deleveraging or hedging portfolios.
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  • FHFA Sees 0.9% Rise in US Home Prices in May

    US home prices rose 0.9% on a seasonally adjusted basis from April to May, according to a house price index (HPI) released Wednesday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The regulator of mortgage giants Fannie Mae [stock FNM][/stock], Freddie Mac [stock FRE][/stock] calculates its index from purchase prices of houses backing mortgages sold or guaranteed by the agencies.
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  • Fitch Sees Record Volatility in Commercial Real Estate

    Cash flow in commercial real estate reached a record high level of volatility in 2008, according to a report by Fitch Ratings. In its latest annual US Property Market Metric (PMM) update report, the rating agency noted higher regional market volatility across all major sector types. In 2008, Fitch saw the highest average cash flow volatility score and the largest year-over year increase since the inception of the PMM scores in 2000. Fitch assigned commercial real estate a new average cash flow volatility score of 3.62 in 2008 from 2.98 in 2007.
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  • Initial Jobless Claims Fall Again, Signal Stability?

    First-time applications for state unemployment benefits dropped 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 467,000 in the week ending Jan. 3, the Labor Department said Thursday. This report marks the third consecutive week of declines, a much improved trend that may foreshadow an unexpected sign of stability in the economy, as Dow Jones Newswires expected claims would actually climb 63,000. Or it may prove to mean little at all, too, given that holiday readings of employment data tend to be rather volatile.
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