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Is Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance Inc (ARI) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Between June 25 and October 30th the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) lagged the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points as investors worried over the possible ramifications of rising interest rates. The hedge funds and institutional investors we track typically invest more in smaller-cap stocks than an average investor, and we have seen data that shows those funds paring back their overall exposure. Those funds cutting positions in small-caps is one reason why volatility has increased. In the following paragraphs, we take a closer look at what hedge funds and prominent investors think of Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance Inc (NYSE:ARI) and see how the stock is affected by the recent hedge fund activity.

Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance Inc (NYSE:ARI) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. ARI was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with ARI 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 Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:SWHC), Infinity Property and Casualty Corp. (NASDAQ:IPCC), and Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSIQ) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the fresh action regarding Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance Inc (NYSE:ARI).

Hedge fund activity in Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance Inc (NYSE:ARI)

Heading into Q4, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -18% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the number one position in Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance Inc (NYSE:ARI). Renaissance Technologies has a $16.3 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Cloud Gate Capital, managed by Brian Newman and David Heller, which holds an $7 million position; 3.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Arthur Wrubel’s Wesley Capital Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Steve Pei’s Gratia Capital.

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