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Calendar Anomalies: Do REITs Behave Like Stocks?

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  • Mehmet Akbulut

    () (University-Fullerton)

  • Su Han Chan

    () (Johns Hopkins University)

  • Mariya Letdin

    () (Florida State University)

Abstract

This study addresses the unsettled question of whether REITs behave similarly to stocks with respect to calendar anomalies. We determine the magnitudes of several types of calendar anomalies for both the REIT and stock market index returns in 22 countries between 1990 and 2012. In general, our evidence shows that the calendar effects are not universal across countries and that REITs behave differently from their stock counterparts in a number of countries. The difference in behavior is especially evident around the turn of the month where REITs exhibit significantly higher returns than general stocks in the global sample as well as in 7 of the 22 countries examined. This result may be possibly linked to the higher level of institutional ownership in REITs than stocks in their corresponding market during the period examined.

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  • Mehmet Akbulut & Su Han Chan & Mariya Letdin, 2015. "Calendar Anomalies: Do REITs Behave Like Stocks?," International Real Estate Review, Asian Real Estate Society, vol. 18(2), pages 177-215.
  • Handle: RePEc:ire:issued:v:18:n:02:2015:p:177-215
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    Keywords

    Real Estate Investment Trusts; Seasonality; Calendar Anomalies;

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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services

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