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After a Down 2015, Real-Estate Stocks Hope for Savior in Indexes

DEC 29, 2015

As a weak year for real estate in the stock market comes to a close, the industry is hoping that attention from a new set of investors will send more money flowing its way in 2016.

Starting next summer,  MSCI Inc. and S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc. and purveyor of the S&P 500-stock index, will break out real estate into a distinct sector, rather than continuing to lump them in with a broad group of financial firms such as banks and insurance companies.

Investors and analysts expect the change, slated for Aug. 31, to stir interest among investors who might currently overlook real-estate investment trusts, both in the months leading up to the change and afterward.

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