There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other successful funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Rexford Industrial Realty Inc (NYSE:REXR) .
Rexford Industrial Realty Inc (NYSE:REXR) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. 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 LegacyTexas Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ:LTXB), Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE:WDR), and The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE:EDE) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s analyze the new action encompassing Rexford Industrial Realty Inc (NYSE:REXR).
Hedge fund activity in Rexford Industrial Realty Inc (NYSE:REXR)
At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in REXR over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, AEW Capital Management, led by Jeffrey Furber, holds the biggest position in Rexford Industrial Realty Inc (NYSE:REXR). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $94.1 million position in the stock, comprising 2% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Millennium Management, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, which oversees a $29.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Michael Swotes’s Castle Ridge Investment Management, Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.