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Equity One, Inc. (EQY): Insiders Are Buying, Should You?

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Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently.

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Now, we’re going to take a gander at the key action encompassing Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY).

What have hedge funds been doing with Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -14% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the most valuable position in Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY). Citadel Investment Group has a $3.4 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which held a $2 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Thomas Bailard’s Bailard Inc.

Seeing as Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY) has faced declining sentiment from the smart money, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of fund managers that elected to cut their full holdings at the end of the year. At the top of the heap, Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital dropped the largest investment of all the hedgies we watch, valued at an estimated $1.8 million in stock., and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0.6 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds at the end of the year.

What have insiders been doing with Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time period, Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 4 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 Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY). These stocks are Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI), CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE:CBL), Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT), Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (NYSE:SKT), and EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR). This group of stocks are in the reit – retail industry and their market caps resemble EQY’s market cap.

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