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Is Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (GLPI) a Good Stock To Buy?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment towards Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ:GLPI).

Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ:GLPI) registered a decrease in popularity among the world’s largest hedge funds recently. At the end of September, the stock was included in the equity portfolios of 34 investors tracked by Insider Monkey, compared to 40 funds a quarter earlier. However, 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 TAL Education Group (ADR) (NYSE:XRS), Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI), and Edgewell Personal Care Company (NYSE:EPC) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s go over the recent action regarding Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ:GLPI).

How have hedgies been trading Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ:GLPI)?

At the end of the third quarter, 34 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Gaming and Leisure Properties, down by 15% from the end of the second quarter. 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).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital has the largest position in Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ:GLPI), worth close to $129.3 million, accounting for 4.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is PAR Capital Management, led by Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro, which holds a $126.1 million position; the fund has 1.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Jeffrey Gates’ Gates Capital Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Martin D. Sass’s MD Sass.

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