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Is Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE:GPT) worth your attention right now? The smart money seems to be reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings inched down by one during the third quarter. In this way there were 13 funds in our database with GPT positions at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare GPT to other stocks including Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC), Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN), and DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:DPM) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to view the new action encompassing Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE:GPT).
What does the smart money think about Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE:GPT)?
At the end of the third quarter, 13 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by 7% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards GPT over the last five 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, AEW Capital Management, led by Jeffrey Furber, holds the number one position in Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE:GPT). AEW Capital Management has a $111.4 million position in the stock, comprising 2.3% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Eduardo Abush’s Waterfront Capital Partners, which holds a $23 million position; 3.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers with similar optimism comprise Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset 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.