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 Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC).
At the end of September, there were 17 funds tracked by Insider Monkey bullish on Physicians Realty Trust. The company saw a decline in hedge fund interest last quarter, as the company had been included in the equity portfolios of 20 funds at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare DOC to other stocks including Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:PSEC), Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE:CBI), and Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s review the fresh action encompassing Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC).
How are hedge funds trading Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Physicians Realty Trust, which represents a decline of 15% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in DOC over the last five quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Ardsley Partners, led by Philip Hempleman, holds the number one position in Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC). Ardsley Partners has a $11.1 million position in the stock, comprising 1.8% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Eduardo Abush’s Waterfront Capital Partners, with a $9.9 million position; the fund has 1.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital, Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet 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.