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Hedge fund interest in Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE:RWT) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare RWT to other stocks including Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA), Caleres Inc (NYSE:CAL), and Standard Motor Products, Inc. (NYSE:SMP) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action encompassing Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE:RWT).
What have hedge funds been doing with Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE:RWT)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 5 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in RWT heading into this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co. has the biggest position in Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE:RWT), worth close to $85.5 million, accounting for 3.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Graham Capital Management, led by Kenneth Tropin, holding a $23.5 million position; the fund has 0.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Israel Englander’s Millennium 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.