Other mall owning REITs showing strength in Thursday's session included Developers Diversified ( DDR), up 2% at $14.86, Glimcher Realty Trust ( GRT), higher by 3.3% at $10.18, Tanger Factory Outlet ( SKT), which rose 1.7% to $28.61, and Equity One ( EQY), up 1% at $19.55.

S&P Equity Research said it expected June same-store sales -- or sales at stores open at least one year, a closely watched metric in the restaurant industry -- to rise 5.4% from the last year, while the actual gain was 8.1%.

"In addition, our optimism was boosted by the ADP survey of private payrolls showing a gain 157,000 new jobs in June, significantly above the 78,000 new June jobs expected by consensus," McMillan said.

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