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Is Empire State Realty Trust Inc (ESRT) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT) undervalued? The smart money is selling. The number of long hedge fund positions went down by 6 lately. Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT) holdings at the end of the previous quarter. On the contrary, the stock market had a passive outlook for the stock, which was down 0.18% during the quarter.

One of the best ways to find hedge fund sentiment surrounding a particular stock is to compare their outlook towards companies with similar market caps. At the end of this article, we will compare Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT) to other stocks, including Grupo Aeroportuario dl Srst SAB CV (ADR) (NYSE:ASR), Howard Hughes Corp (NYSE:HHC), and Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE:LM) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a glance at the recent action surrounding Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT).

What does the smart money think about Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 40% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Southeastern Asset Management, managed by Mason Hawkins, holds the biggest position in Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT). Southeastern Asset Management has a $64.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager AEW Capital Management, with a $36.8 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Renaissance Technologies, and D E Shaw.

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