Is Brookfield Office Properties Inc (USA) (BPO) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Brookfield Office Properties Inc (USA) (NYSE:BPO) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months.

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Consequently, let's take a gander at the recent action regarding Brookfield Office Properties Inc (USA) (NYSE:BPO).

What have hedge funds been doing with Brookfield Office Properties Inc (USA) (NYSE:BPO)?

At Q1's end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With the smart money's capital changing hands, there exists an "upper tier" of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies had the largest position in Brookfield Office Properties Inc (USA) (NYSE:BPO), worth close to $32 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is AEW Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Furber, which held a $17.2 million position; the fund has 0.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Ken Gray and Steve Walsh's Bryn Mawr Capital, Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group and Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold's LMR Partners.

Judging by the fact that Brookfield Office Properties Inc (USA) (NYSE:BPO) has witnessed a declination in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it's easy to see that there was a specific group of money managers who sold off their entire stakes in Q1. Interestingly, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell's Arrowstreet Capital dropped the biggest position of all the hedgies we watch, comprising an estimated $6.1 million in stock.. Martin Whitman's fund, Third Avenue Management, also cut its stock, about $0.6 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How have insiders been trading Brookfield Office Properties Inc (USA) (NYSE:BPO)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company we're looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time frame, Brookfield Office Properties Inc (USA) (NYSE:BPO) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let's also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Brookfield Office Properties Inc (USA) (NYSE:BPO). These stocks are Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:FCE-A), Jones Lang LaSalle Inc (NYSE:JLL), Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP), Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY), and CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG). This group of stocks belong to the property management industry and their market caps are closest to BPO's market cap.

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