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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Vornado Realty Trust (VNO) Anymore

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Should Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) investors track the following data?

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to discuss the newest info surrounding Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO).

Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO)

How are hedge funds trading Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -23% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

According to our 13F database, Jeffrey Furber’s AEW Capital Management had the biggest position in Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO), worth close to $137.2 million, accounting for 3.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Martin Whitman of Third Avenue Management, with a $54.7 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Jonathan Kolatch’s Redwood Capital Management and Mason Hawkins’s Southeastern Asset Management.

Since Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) has witnessed declining interest from upper-tier hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there were a few funds that decided to sell off their positions entirely heading into Q2. It’s worth mentioning that Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies sold off the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we track, valued at an estimated $39.3 million in stock, and Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $13.6 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 5 funds heading into Q2.

Insider trading activity in Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO)

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO). These stocks are National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN), W.P. Carey Inc. REIT (NYSE:WPC), American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT), Public Storage (NYSE:PSA), and Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY). This group of stocks are the members of the reit – diversified industry and their market caps resemble VNO’s market cap.

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