Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index rises 6.8% in February
HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee, and MILWAUKEE—The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index rose 6.8% in February to 4,684. Year to date through the first two months of 2019, the index was up 15.1%.
“Hotel stocks continued their rebound in February in conjunction with further improvement in broader market sentiment,” said Michael Bellisario, senior hotel research analyst and VP at Baird. “The hotel REITs and the hotel brands posted gains of 3.9% and 8.3%, respectively, and both sub-indices outperformed their benchmarks. With a more stable industry backdrop following some weakness experienced in January and companies’ full-year 2019 guidance ranges in place, investors’ focus has shifted more toward balancing growth outlooks and current valuations.”
“We’ve now seen two straight months with investor sentiment on an upward trajectory even as hotel performance growth remains slow,” said Amanda Hite, STR’s president and CEO. “It will be interesting to see if investors remain bullish on hotel stocks with continued flat occupancy and subdued rate growth moving forward. We also continue to monitor the number of open positions in ‘accommodations and food service’ as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics—that number is at roughly 1 million and growing. This will put upward pressure on wage and labor costs, which, coupled with stunted ADR growth, will impact profitability.”
The increase in the Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index surpassed the S&P 500 (+3.0%) and the MSCI US REIT Index (+0.4%).
The Hotel Brand sub-index jumped 8.3% from January to 7,036, while the Hotel REIT sub-index increased 3.9% to 1,624.
About the Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index and Sub-Indices
The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index was set to equal 1,000 on 1 January 2000. Last cycle, the Index peaked at 3,178 on 5 July 2007. The Index’s low point occurred on 6 March 2009 when it dropped to 573.
The Hotel Brand sub-index was set to equal 1,000 on 1 January 2000. Last cycle, the sub-index peaked at 3,407 on 5 July 2007. The sub-index’s low point occurred on 6 March 2009 when it dropped to 722.
The Hotel REIT sub-index was set to equal 1,000 on 1 January 2000. Last cycle, the sub-index peaked at 2,555 on 2 February 2007. The sub-index’s low point occurred on 5 March 2009 when it dropped to 298.
The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index and sub-indices are available exclusively on www.HotelNewsNow.com. The indices are cobranded and were created by Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird) and STR. The market-cap-weighted, price-only indices comprise 20 of the largest market-capitalization hotel companies publicly traded on a U.S. exchange and attempt to characterize the performance of hotel stocks. The Index and sub-indices are maintained by Baird and hosted on Hotel News Now, are not actively managed, and no direct investment can be made in them.
As of 28 February 2019, the companies that comprised the Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index included: Apple Hospitality REIT, Chatham Lodging Trust, Chesapeake Lodging Trust, Choice Hotels International, DiamondRock Hospitality Company, Extended Stay America, Hilton Inc., Hospitality Properties Trust, Host Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, Park Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, RLJ Lodging Trust, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Summit Hotel Properties, Sunstone Hotel Investors, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, and Xenia Hotels & Resorts.
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