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Is Boston Properties, Inc. (BXP) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The worries about the economic slowdown in China and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases triggered several waves of equity sell-offs during the third quarter. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers had to stomach substantial losses during the bloody three-month period, which might have caused some to consider fleeing the U.S. equity markets. Interestingly, smaller-cap stocks registered higher losses than large-capitalization stocks during the September quarter, suggesting that institutional investors heavily discarded seemingly riskier equities amid high uncertainty and turmoil. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index lost 11.9% in the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark declined a mere 6.4%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BXP).

Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BXP) investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. At the end of this article, we will also compare Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BXP) to other stocks, including Sasol Limited (ADR) (NYSE:SSL), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), and Marriott International Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s take a peek at the recent action encompassing Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BXP).

What have hedge funds been doing with Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BXP)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a decline of 22% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund and institutional investor database, AEW Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Furber, holds the number one position in Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BXP). AEW Capital Management has a $264 million position in the stock, comprising 6.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Millennium Management, led by Israel Englander, holding a $114.8 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers that are bullish include Renaissance Technologies, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, and John Khoury’s Long Pond Capital.

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