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US REIT short interest flat in September 2nd half

U.S. equity real estate investment trust average short interest stayed flat during the second half of September, at 4.41% of outstanding shares.

Uniti Group Inc saw the greatest jump in short interest relative to shares outstanding among SNL-covered equity REITs between Sept. 15 and Sept. 29. The company saw short interest increase 659 basis points to 13.57% of shares outstanding at the end of the period.

Education Realty Trust Inc. saw the greatest decline in short interest relative to shares outstanding. The company saw short interest decline 368 basis points to 9.39% of shares outstanding at the end of the period.

Seritage Growth Properties topped the list of most shorted REITs for the second half of September. The shopping center REIT saw short interest grow 224 basis points to 35.24% of shares outstanding.

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