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Is AG Mortgage Investment Trust Inc (MITT) Going to Burn Investors?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on AG Mortgage Investment Trust Inc (NYSE:MITT).

AG Mortgage Investment Trust Inc (NYSE:MITT) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016, same as at the end of the second quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MITT to other stocks including Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ:OMER), Heritage Insurance Holdings Inc (NYSE:HRTG), and Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ:GOOD) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in AG Mortgage Investment Trust Inc (NYSE:MITT)

At Q3’s end, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 5 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in MITT heading into this year, so hedge fund ownership of the stock us up slightly in 2016. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Angelo Gordon & Co, led by John M. Angelo and Michael L. Gordon, holds the most valuable position in AG Mortgage Investment Trust Inc (NYSE:MITT). Angelo Gordon & Co has a $6.3 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Andy Redleaf of Whitebox Advisors, with a $2.5 million position. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism contain John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, and David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. We should note that Whitebox Advisors is 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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