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Hedge Funds Are Buying Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN)

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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 Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) in order to identify whether reputable and successful top money managers continue to believe in its potential.

Health Care REIT, Inc. investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. HCN was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with HCN holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE:NSC), Perrigo Company (NYSE:PRGO), and General Growth Properties Inc (NYSE:GGP) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the recent action regarding Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN).

How are hedge funds trading Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 4% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jeffrey Furber’s AEW Capital Management has the largest position in Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN), worth close to $173.2 million, accounting for 4.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $149.4 million stake; the fund has 0.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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