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Hedge Funds Grow Bearish On Retail Properties of America Inc (RPAI): What Did They Find Out?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Retail Properties of America Inc (NYSE:RPAI).

Retail Properties of America Inc (NYSE:RPAI) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. RPAI investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with RPAI positions 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 Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM), Embraer SA (ADR) (NYSE:ERJ), and Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE:TER) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading Retail Properties of America Inc (NYSE:RPAI)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 26% fall from the previous quarter, giving up the gains witnessed during that quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards RPAI over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, AEW Capital Management, led by Jeffrey Furber, holds the most valuable position in Retail Properties of America Inc (NYSE:RPAI). AEW Capital Management has a $66.8 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, founded by Jim Simons, holding a $52.2 million position. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass Eduardo Abush’s Waterfront Capital Partners, David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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