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How Easterly Government Properties Inc (DEA) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Easterly Government Properties Inc (NYSE:DEA).

Is Easterly Government Properties Inc (NYSE:DEA) the right investment to pursue these days? Money managers don’t think so, as they are selling. The number of bullish hedge fund positions retreated by 2 lately. DEA was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with DEA holdings at the end of June. 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 Enviva Partners LP (NYSE:EVA), The Gorman-Rupp Company (NYSEAMEX:GRC), and Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Easterly Government Properties Inc (NYSE:DEA)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 20% drop from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 6 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DEA heading into this year, so hedge fund ownership is still up by 33% in 2016. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, AEW Capital Management, led by Jeffrey Furber, holds the number one position in Easterly Government Properties Inc (NYSE:DEA). AEW Capital Management has a $29.8 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Alyeska Investment Group, led by Anand Parekh, which holds a $15.9 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish consist of Ira Unschuld’s Brant Point Investment Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, 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-micro-cap stocks.

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