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Surge in real-estate stocks propels sector to best-performing in S&P 500 as bond yields fall

Real-estate stocks soared on Tuesday, with the sector outperforming the 10 others in the S&P 500 index, as yields in the U.S. bond market tumbled.

The S&P 500’s real-estate sector
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closed 5.3% higher, its largest daily percentage jump since Nov. 10, 2022, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

The U.S. stock market climbed sharply on Tuesday amid a drop in Treasury bond yields as investors cheered a report showing that inflation eased in October. After real estate, the sector with the biggest gains in the trading session was utilities at 3.9%, according to FactSet data.

Exchange-traded funds that buy stocks related to home builders also surged in the stock-market rally Tuesday. 

Shares of the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF
XHB
ended 5.9% higher, while the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF
ITB
climbed 6.2%.

Like the S&P 500’s real-estate sector, both ETFs notched their biggest daily percentage gains since Nov. 10, 2022, according to Dow Jones Market Data. But while the S&P 500’s real-estate sector remains in a slump year to date, the two funds have surged.

Read: Home-builder ETFs are beating the S&P 500 this year. Can their outperformance last amid banking-sector worries?

The iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF has skyrocketed 43% so far in 2023, while the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF has soared 35.6%, according to FactSet data. The gains surpass the S&P 500’s
SPX
climb of 17.1% this year, which included its sharp 1.9% rise on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Treasury yields retreated Tuesday, with the rate on the 10-year Treasury note
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sliding 19.1 basis points to 4.440%, according to Dow Jones Market Data.  That marked its largest daily decline since March 10 based on 3 p.m. Eastern Time levels.

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