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Do Hedge Funds Love UMH Properties, Inc (UMH)?

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The market has been volatile as the Federal Reserve winds down its easy money policies. Small cap stocks have been hit hard as a result, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points between June 25th and the end of October. SEC filings and hedge fund investor letters indicate that the smart money seems to be paring back their overall long exposure, and the funds’ movements is one of the reasons why the major indexes have retraced. In this article, we analyze what the smart money thinks of UMH Properties, Inc (NYSE:UMH) and find out how it is affected by hedge funds’ moves.

UMH Properties, Inc shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as EnerNOC, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENOC), CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS), and Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the new action surrounding UMH Properties, Inc (NYSE:UMH).

What does the smart money think about UMH Properties, Inc (NYSE:UMH)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management has the biggest position in UMH Properties, Inc (NYSE:UMH), worth close to $16.2 million, comprising 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Peter Schliemann’s Rutabaga Capital Management, with a $11.4 million position; the fund has 1.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. The remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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