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US real estate investment trust short interest slides in May 1st half

Average short interest among U.S. equity real estate investment trusts dropped 23 basis points to 3.91% of outstanding shares between April 28 and May 15.

Regional mall REIT CBL & Associates Properties Inc. had the greatest increase in short interest relative to shares outstanding among SNL-covered equity REITs between April 28 and May 15. The percentage of the company's shares held short relative to shares outstanding rose 541 basis points to 20.43% as of May 15.

Diversified REIT Gladstone Commercial Corp. saw the biggest decline in short interest relative to shares outstanding among SNL-covered equity REITs between April 28 and May 15. The percentage of the company's shares held short relative to shares outstanding fell 272 basis points to 3.05% as of May 15.

Seritage Growth Properties topped the list of most-shorted REITs during the period. The shopping center REIT saw short interest climb 115 basis points to 32.18% of shares outstanding.

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