Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index jumps 6.4 percent in January
The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index closed January at 5,200, up 6.4 percent from the end of 2017.
“Hotel stocks outperformed in January for the fifth consecutive month, and the hotel REITs were the bigger relative winners as interest rates moved higher throughout the month and investors rotated into shorter lease duration real estate sectors,” said Michael Bellisario, senior hotel research analyst and vice president at Baird. “While the potential for RevPAR growth to accelerate in 2018 remains topical, higher interest rates are becoming an increasing focus and could offset some of the expected uptick in economic growth, which we believe is worth keeping a close eye on as absolute valuation levels have moved much higher in recent months.”
“Another record year for industry performance only strengthened the investment community’s confidence in hotel stocks to open the year,” said Amanda Hite, STR’s president and CEO. “We would anticipate that trend to continue, as we’ve forecasted continued performance growth through 2019 underpinned by strong economic indicators and upgraded GDP forecasts.”
The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index for January outperformed the S&P 500 (+5.6 percent) and the MSCI REIT (RMZ) (-4.3 percent).
The Hotel Brand sub-index increased 7.8 percent to 7,937 from December to January. The Hotel REIT sub-index increased 3.2 percent to 1,738.