DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT) investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months.
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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action regarding DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT).
What does the smart money think about DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT)?
At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -33% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.
According to our comprehensive database, Jeffrey Furber’s AEW Capital Management had the most valuable position in DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT), worth close to $60.5 million, comprising 1.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, which held a $51.6 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.
Because DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT) has faced falling interest from the smart money, we can see that there exists a select few hedgies who sold off their positions entirely last quarter. Intriguingly, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies cut the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we watch, comprising an estimated $3.9 million in stock.. Eric Bannasch’s fund, Cadian Capital, also cut its stock, about $1.9 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds last quarter.
What have insiders been doing with DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 2 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 DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT). These stocks are Jones Lang LaSalle Inc (NYSE:JLL), Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW), CoStar Group Inc (NASDAQ:CSGP), and Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE:AKR). All of these stocks are in the property management industry and their market caps resemble DFT’s market cap.