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Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (AMTG): Hedge Funds and Insiders Are Bullish, What Should You Do?: Education Realty Trust, Inc. (EDR), Associated Estates Realty Corporation (AEC)

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Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. AMTG has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with AMTG holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG)

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a look at the key action regarding Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG).

What does the smart money think about Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 33% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, holds the largest position in Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG). Millennium Management has a $9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Balestra, managed by James Melcher, which held a $6 million position; 1.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedgies with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Andy Redleaf’s Whitebox Advisors and Andrew R. Midler’s Savitr Capital.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Balestra, managed by James Melcher, initiated the largest position in Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG). Balestra had 6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also made a $1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

How are insiders trading Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG)?

Insider buying is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time period, Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG). These stocks are Education Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:EDR), Associated Estates Realty Corporation (NYSE:AEC), Dynex Capital Inc (NYSE:DX), Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp (NYSE:SBY), and Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE:RSO). This group of stocks belong to the reit – residential industry and their market caps are closest to AMTG’s market cap.

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