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Is Walker & Dunlop Inc. (WD) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Walker & Dunlop Inc. (NYSE:WD).

Walker & Dunlop Inc. (NYSE:WD) investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers in recent months. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with WD holdings at the end of the second quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare WD to other stocks including Atrion Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRI), Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM), and Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CRESY) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the key action regarding Walker & Dunlop Inc. (NYSE:WD).

What does the smart money think about Walker & Dunlop Inc. (NYSE:WD)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 31% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in WD over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holds the number one position in Walker & Dunlop Inc. (NYSE:WD). According to regulatory filings, the fund has an $8.4 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $6.3 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Millennium Management, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. 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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