APAC REIT Daily: REITs trade lower over fears of further COVID-19 waves

By Benn Dorrington

Here’s how the REIT markets performed across Asia Pacific on Wednesday, 13 May 2020.

Japan

J-REIT stocks extended their losses, as the TSE REIT index fell a further 2.39% to 1,604.78.

Fears of a second wave of COVID-19 in the US sent shares tumbling throughout financial markets.

Japan Prime Realty Investment Corp. (8955) stocks sank 6.05% to ¥303,000, while Nippon Building Fund Inc. (8951) and Japan Real Estate Investment Corp. (8952) descended 5.64% and 5.05%, respectively.

GLP J-REIT (3281) shares rose 1.67%. Invincible Investment Corp. (8963) clawed back a little ground, up 0.33% to ¥23,980, after its shares plummeted almost 23% yesterday.

The wider market stemmed its losses, with the Nikkei 225 down 0.49% to 20,267.05.

Australia

A-REIT shares dived today, with the S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index (XPJ) down 2.15% to 1,131.90.

APN Convenience Retail REIT (AQR) stocks fell 5.61% to $3.20, while shares in Arena REIT (ARF), Carindale Property Trust (CDP) and Charter Hall Long WALE REIT (CLW) all fell by more than 4%.

A handful of REITs finished the day higher, with Blackwall Property Trust (BWR) up 1.98% at $1.285.

Australian shares fell at the open after an overnight sell-off on Wall Street, however the market reversed the decline, with the S&P/ASX 200 closing 0.35% higher at 5,421.85.

Singapore

The FTSE ST REITs Index closed 0.71% lower, in line with the FTSE Straits Times Index, which declined 0.61% to 2,572.01.

Keppel REIT (K71U) shares fell 3.78% to $1.02, while Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (RW0U) declined a further 3.53% to $0.82.

Ascendas India Trust (CY6U) shares jumped 4.80% to $1.31 after its manager announced that it would acquire additional shares in the trust.

Hong Kong

New Century REIT (1275) stocks bounced back over the HK$1 mark, rising 3.03% to HK$1.02.

Shares in Regal REIT (1881), which owns the Regal Airport hotel and other Hong Kong hotels, fell 4.35% to HK$1.32.

The Hang Seng REIT Index closed 0.33% lower, as the Hang Seng dipped 0.27% to 24,180.30.

Malaysia

The Bursa Malaysia REIT Index traded sideways, edging 0.05% lower to 872.63.

Tower REIT (5111) stocks soared 4.16% to RM0.75, as Al-Aqar Healthcare REIT (5116) jumped 2.17% to RM1.41.

Al-Salam REIT (5269) shares dropped 2.70%, as IGB REIT (5227) fell 2.32% to RM1.69.

The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index was up 1.24% to 1,397.13.

Thailand

Thai stocks finished trading lower, with the SET 50 Index down 0.60% to 867.36.

IMPACT Growth REIT (IMPACT) shares were down 3.13% to ฿15.50, while LH Hotel Leasehold REIT (LHHOTEL) declined 2.34% to ฿12.50.

However, T.U. Dome Residential Complex Leasehold Property Fund (TU-PF) stocks soared 7.14% to ฿1.05, followed by Luxury REIT (LUXF), which jumped 6.87% to ฿7.00.

Other markets

In New Zealand, shares in Kiwi Property Group Ltd. (KPG) and Goodman Property Trust (GMT) declined by almost 2.20%.

However, Augusta Capital (AUG) and Property for Industry Ltd (PFI) stocks rose 1.51% and 1.31%, respectively.

Taiwan REIT shares remained mostly flat except for Shin Kong No.1 REIT (01003T), which rose 1.50% to NT$18.88.

In South Korea, Lotte REIT Co. Ltd. (330590) shares posted the greatest shift, up 1.54% to ₩5,260.

Learn more about Asia Pacific REITs:

REITS in AustraliaREITs in Thailand
REITs in JapanREITs in Taiwan
REITs in SingaporeREITs in Korea
REITs in Hong KongREITs in New Zealand
REITs in MalaysiaREITs in India
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Benn is a freelance journalist and the publisher of APAC Real Estate. He has reported for the Herald Sun, REFI Europe, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Leader Newspapers, and more.