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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Realty Income Corp (O)

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Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently.

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Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O)

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a gander at the recent action regarding Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O).

What does the smart money think about Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -33% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

Of the funds we track, Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, holds the biggest position in Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O). Millennium Management has a $4.9 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. On Millennium Management’s heels is HBK Investments, managed by David Costen Haley, which held a $4 million call position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Since Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O) has witnessed a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of funds who sold off their entire stakes in Q4. Interestingly, J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management dumped the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we track, valued at about $11.1 million in stock.. Robert Emil Zoellner’s fund, Alpine Associates, also said goodbye to its stock, about $4.9 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds in Q4.

How are insiders trading Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time frame, Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O). These stocks are DDR Corp (NYSE:DDR), Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT), SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE:SLG), Kimco Realty Corp (NYSE:KIM), and Macerich Co (NYSE:MAC). This group of stocks are the members of the reit – retail industry and their market caps are closest to O’s market cap.

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