Shares of real estate companies were under pressure in trade on Friday, with the S&P BSE Realty index slipping nearly 6 per cent. The new virus variant added to concerns about growth and interest rates going forward.
At 11:04 am; the S&P BSE Realty, the top loser among sectoral indices, was down 5.5 per cent, as compared to 2.3 per cent fall in the S&P BSE Sensex. With Friday’s fall, the realty index has plunged 13 per cent from its 52-week high level of 4,464 touched on November 9, 2021.
Among individual stocks, DLF, Phoneix, Oberoi Realty, Indiabulls Real Estate, Prestige Estates Projects slipped in the range of 6 per cent to 8 per cent. Godrej Properties, Sunteck Realty, Sobha, Macrotech Developers, Mahindra Lifespace Developers and Brigade Enterprises were down between 3 per cent and 5 per cent.
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Despite the over 10 per cent correction from its 52-week high, the BSE Realty index has outperformed the market by surging 57 per cent thus far in the calendar year 2021. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 20 per cent, data shows.
"The pandemic played a catalyst in accelerating market share gains into the hands of organised real estate players. Banks, equity capital providers, buyers, and supply chains aligned with stronger developers to further solidify this shift. Economic recovery, high attrition backed by higher salaries, robust stock markets, low interest rates, high affordability, collapse of tier-2 developer ecosystem, new launches and quest for large house ownership/house ownership are some of the tailwinds fueling this recovery," analysts at HDFC Securities said in recent report
Adding: "While the sector may see near-term headwinds, the long-term story remains intact. We continue to believe that tier- 1 developers will gain market share, given consumers’ increasing buying preference for reputed developers in under construction projects."