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Lennar Corporation (LEN): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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The SEC requires hedge funds and wealthy investors with over a certain portfolio size to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn’t the intention, these filings level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings discloses the funds’ positions on September 30. We at Insider Monkey have compiled an extensive database of more than 700 of those elite funds and prominent investors’ filings. In this article, we analyze how these elite funds and prominent investors traded Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) based on those filings.

Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. LEN was in 48 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 40 hedge funds in our database with LEN 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 Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR), and Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a glance at the new action encompassing Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN).

What does the smart money think about Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 48 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 20% from the second quarter of 2016. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Greenhaven Associates, managed by Edgar Wachenheim, holds the largest position in Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN). Greenhaven Associates has a $214.2 million position in the stock, comprising 4.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Greenhaven Associates’s heels is Eminence Capital, managed by Ricky Sandler, which holds a $152.4 million position; the fund has 2.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish consist of John Khoury’s Long Pond Capital, Ken Heebner’s Capital Growth Management and Ross Margolies’ Stelliam Investment Management.

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