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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About American Campus Communities, Inc. (ACC)

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American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC) was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. ACC investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with ACC holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action surrounding American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC).

What does the smart money think about American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -8% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the largest position in American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC). Citadel Investment Group has a $46.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AEW Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Furber, which held a $38.3 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Judging by the fact that American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC) has faced falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of fund managers that slashed their full holdings heading into 2013. It’s worth mentioning that Brian Taylor’s Pine River Capital Management dropped the biggest position of the 450+ funds we key on, comprising about $18.7 million in stock.. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s fund, Two Sigma Advisors, also cut its stock, about $1.7 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds heading into 2013.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time frame, American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC). These stocks are Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT), Essex Property Trust Inc (NYSE:ESS), Apartment Investment and Management Co. (NYSE:AIV), Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH), and Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO). This group of stocks belong to the reit – residential industry and their market caps are closest to ACC’s market cap.

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