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Do Hedge Funds Love Independence Realty Trust Inc (IRT)?

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The third-quarter stock market correction has turned out to resemble the situation observed during the Asian financial crisis of 1997. The two relatively short-lived corrections occurred at a time with stable interest rates, falling commodity markets, with strong-performing technology and healthcare sectors, and struggling energy sector. Similarly, the two corrections followed long periods without a correction, which had to come sooner or later and it did. Even so, several prominent hedge fund investors publicly asserted their bearish view on the current state of the U.S. equity markets, suggesting that they significantly cut their exposure to equities during the latest quarter. Having said that, it would be worthwhile to take a look at the hedge fund sentiment on Independence Realty Trust Inc (NYSEMKT:IRT) in order to identify whether reputable and successful top money managers continue to believe in its potential.

Hedge fund interest in Independence Realty Trust Inc (NYSEMKT:IRT) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare IRT to other stocks including Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE:SB), Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (NASDAQ:BGFV), and Furmanite Corporation (NYSE:FRM) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s check out the recent action regarding Independence Realty Trust Inc (NYSEMKT:IRT).

What have hedge funds been doing with Independence Realty Trust Inc (NYSEMKT:IRT)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Senator Investment Group, managed by Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin, holds the biggest position in Independence Realty Trust Inc (NYSEMKT:IRT). Senator Investment Group has an $27.6 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Monarch Alternative Capital, led by Michael Weinstock, holding an $25 million position; 8.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Michael Thompson’s BHR Capital, J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management and Phillip Goldstein, Andrew Dakos and Steven Samuels’s Bulldog Investors.

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