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Is UDR, Inc. (UDR) A Good Stock To Buy?

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After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from the more than 700 13F filings issued by the successful hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms’ equity portfolios as of September 30. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR) .

Is UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR) worth your attention right now? The smart money is getting more bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 1 lately. UDR was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with UDR holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT), Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), and WestRock Co (NYSE:WRK) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to check out the latest action surrounding UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR).

What does the smart money think about UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an increase of 8% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 10 hedge funds with a bullish position in UDR at the beginning of this year. 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, Renaissance Technologies, founded by Jim Simons, holds the number one position in UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR). Renaissance Technologies has a $89.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Dmitry Balyasny of Balyasny Asset Management, with a $23.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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.

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