Stifel Nicolaus Slashes REIT Ratings

The brokerage and research firm Stifel Nicolaus has decided that REITS are either at or are close to their inflection points.  REITs have been very strong performers in light of many large mergers, although they have already taken a decent breather in the last two weeks or so as the pace of mergers in the group has quieted down.

Most of the analyst ratings out of Stifel Nicolaus today are a downgrade from “BUY” to “HOLD.”  Here is a partial list of the liquid REIT stocks that saw downgrades today:

American Financial Realty Trust (AFR), Boston Properties (BXP), Brookfield Properties (BPO), BRT Realty Trust (BRT), Capital Trust (CT), Cedar Shopping Centers (CDR), Highwoods Properties (HIW), KIMCO Realty (KIM), Kite Realty (KRG), Newcastle Investment Corp. (NCT), Northstar Realty (NRF), ProLogis (PLD), Quadra Realty (QRR), Simon Properties (SPG), SL Green Realty (SLG), Washington REIT (WRE), Weingarten Realty (WRI). 

Jon C. Ogg
Jun 11, 2007

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