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WASHINGTON, DC-US REITs underperformed the S&P 500 last month. This, unfortunately for REIT shareholders, has been a recurring theme for 2013. NAREIT notes that US REIT returns underperformed the S&P 500 for the first seven months of the year; meanwhile the broader market has made a steady ascent.

On a total return basis, the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index rose 0.53% in July and the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index gained 0.83%. The S&P 500 was up 5.09%. Year-to-date through July, the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index gained 5.97% and the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index gained 6.67%, while the S&P 500 was up 19.62%.

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