Thursday 9/24/2015 17:00:17 EST - Standard & Poor's

The S&P U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) index is down 7% year to date through September 22 -- hurt, according to S&P Capital IQ, by investor expectations that the Federal Reserve's pending increase in the Fed funds rate will negatively impact income-oriented securities. However, an increasing number of REITs have instituted share repurchase programs in 2015, according to SNL Financial.

A recent article titled "REITs, in droves, move to repurchase shares" (