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Should You Buy Chesapeake Lodging Trust (CHSP)?

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

Chesapeake Lodging Trust (NYSE:CHSP) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare CHSP to other stocks including Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU), and TeleTech Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Chesapeake Lodging Trust (NYSE:CHSP)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CHSP over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the number one position in Chesapeake Lodging Trust (NYSE:CHSP). Renaissance Technologies has a $8.9 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management which holds a $2.1 million position. Some other peers that are bullish include David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments, George Hall’s Clinton Group 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.

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