Is Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT) the right investment to pursue these days? Prominent investors are taking a bearish view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets dropped by 4 recently.
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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action regarding Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT).
Hedge fund activity in Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT)
Heading into 2013, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -44% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.
According to our comprehensive database, Alydar Capital, managed by John Murphy, holds the biggest position in Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT). Alydar Capital has a $4.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Alydar Capital’s heels is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $4.4 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management.
Because Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT) has faced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds who sold off their entire stakes in Q4. Intriguingly, Ken Heebner’s Capital Growth Management cut the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, worth close to $36.8 million in stock., and D. E. Shaw of D E Shaw was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $0.7 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 4 funds in Q4.
How are insiders trading Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT)?
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time frame, Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT) has seen 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT). These stocks are Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC), Saul Centers Inc (NYSE:BFS), Inland Real Estate Corporation (NYSE:IRC), Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT), and Pennsylvania R.E.I.T. (NYSE:PEI). This group of stocks belong to the reit – retail industry and their market caps match HT’s market cap.