Gramercy Capital Corp. (GKK): Insiders Are Buying, Should You?: Winthrop Realty Trust (FUR), Gladstone Commercial Corporation (GOOD)

Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE:GKK) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. GKK investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with GKK positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE:GKK).

What does the smart money think about Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE:GKK)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 29% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw had the largest position in Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE:GKK), worth close to $1 million, accounting for 0% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $0 million position; 0% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies with similar optimism include J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Now, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, created the most valuable position in Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE:GKK). Millennium Management had 0 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Whitney Tilson’s T2 Partners also initiated a $0 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new GKK position is William Michaelcheck’s Mariner Investment Group.

How are insiders trading Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE:GKK)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE:GKK) has seen 3 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE:GKK). These stocks are Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR), Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ:GOOD), Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR), Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR), and One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP). All of these stocks are in the reit – diversified industry and their market caps resemble GKK’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) 7 0 0
Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ:GOOD) 1 1 2
Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR) 5 3 2
Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) 3 1 0
One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP) 5 3 3

With the returns exhibited by our strategies, retail investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE:GKK) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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