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Should You Add Kimco Realty Corp (KIM) to Your Portfolio?

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Kimco Realty Corp (NYSE:KIM) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Kimco Realty Corp (NYSE:KIM) has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with KIM positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare KIM to other stocks including Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST), and Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s go over the new action surrounding Kimco Realty Corp (NYSE:KIM).

What have hedge funds been doing with Kimco Realty Corp (NYSE:KIM)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a growth of 57% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 14 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in KIM heading into this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management has the number one position in Kimco Realty Corp (NYSE:KIM), worth close to $18.7 million, amounting to 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Adage Capital Management, led by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, which holds a $17.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management and J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management. We should note that Forward Management is 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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