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Franklin Street Properties Corp. (FSP): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEAMEX:FSP) was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. FSP has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with FSP positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FSP to other stocks including Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC), Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS), and ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFBS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s take a gander at the fresh action encompassing Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEAMEX:FSP).

Hedge fund activity in Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEAMEX:FSP)

Heading into Q4, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 78% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Forward Management, managed by J. Alan Reid, Jr., holds the largest position in Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEAMEX:FSP). Forward Management has an $41.4 million position in the stock, comprising 3.3% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which holds an $10.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, assembled the most valuable position in Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEAMEX:FSP). Marshall Wace LLP had $5.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Simon Sadler’s Segantii Capital also made an $2.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Peter Muller’s PDT Partners, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management, and Ray Carroll’s Breton Hill Capital.

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