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Is Franklin Street Properties Corp. (FSP) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEAMEX:FSP).

Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEAMEX:FSP) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. FSP investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with FSP holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FSP to other stocks including WesBanco, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSBC), Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK), and Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the latest action surrounding Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEAMEX:FSP).

How are hedge funds trading Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEAMEX:FSP)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -10% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in FSP over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Forward Management, led by J. Alan Reid, Jr., holds the largest position in Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEAMEX:FSP). Forward Management has a $39.1 million position in the stock, comprising 3% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, with a $19.1 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. We should note that Forward Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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