StockCall Pre-Market Review on Starwood Property Trust, Senior Housing Properties Trust, Hospitality Properties Trust, and Government Properties Income Trust

Apr 19, 2013, 08:00 ET from

LONDON, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

2012 was a mixed year for REITs. While a strong recovery in the housing market benefited REITs focusing on the residential real estate market, record low mortgage rates created significant challenges for REITs focusing on mortgages. The recovery in the commercial real estate market, meanwhile, has been inconsistent. However, there has been an increase in rents and occupancy rates since the start of this year, which is a good sign for REITs focusing on commercial real estate. REITs ended mostly lower on Thursday, tracking losses in the broad market. Among the major movers were Starwood Property Trust Inc. (NYSE: STWD), Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE: SNH), Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE: HPT), and Government Properties Income Trust (NYSE: GOV). StockCall analysts initiated preliminary technical research on STWD, SNH, HPT, and GOV. These free reports are accessible by signing today at

Shares of Starwood Property Trust Inc. edged higher on Thursday; however, the gains were limited. The stock closed 0.19% higher at $26.91 on volume of 1.53 million after touching an intra-day high of $27.02. The company's shares are currently trading close to their 52-week high of $28.94. The stock has gained more than 19% so far in 2013, outperforming the S&P 500. The REIT has a dividend yield of 6.54%. The free technical analysis on STWD is available by signing up at

Senior Housing Properties Trust's shares edged higher yesterday, extending their gains from previous trading sessions. The stock closed 0.73% higher at $27.50 on above average volume of 1.96 million, taking its gains in the last three sessions to more than 2.20%. Shares of SNH are currently trading close to their 52-week high of $27.94. The stock has seen a series of highs since the start of this year, which is a bullish signal. Senior Housing currently has a dividend yield of 5.67%. Register now to download the free research on SNH at

Hospitality Properties Trust's shares were among the major losers in the REIT sector on Thursday. The stock closed 0.79% lower at $27.57 on volume of 844,200 after trading between $27.45 and $27.85. Despite the pullback, the company's shares have gained nearly 20% thus far in 2013, compared to a gain of more than 8% for the S&P 500. The REIT has a dividend yield of 6.82%. It is currently trading 2.51% below its 52-week high. The retail REIT's shares are trading well above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Free report on HPT can be accessed by registering at

Shares of Government Properties Income Trust also slipped in yesterday's trading session. The stock closed 0.46% lower at $25.82 on volume of 425,300. Its shares have seen a pullback after failing to break through $26.50 resistance level. The stock's MACD has just crossed below the signal line, which is a bearish signal. Year-to-date, Government Properties Income Trust's shares are still up nearly 9.60%, outperforming the S&P 500. The REIT has a dividend yield of 6.66%. Shares of GOV are currently trading more than 5.50% below their 52-week high. Register with StockCall and download the research on GOV for free at

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