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How Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (ABR) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. ABR was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with ABR holdings 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 The York Water Company (NASDAQ:YORW), Moneygram International Inc (NYSE:MGI), and IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a decrease of 11% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 7 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in ABR heading into this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the most valuable position in Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR). Renaissance Technologies has a $2.7 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holding a $1.9 million position. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions comprise D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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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