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Should You Buy Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (STWD)?

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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the recent info surrounding Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD).

What have hedge funds been doing with Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 26 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 13% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the largest position in Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD). Citadel Investment Group has a $139.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which held a $106.4 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s Senator Investment Group, Glenn J. Krevlin’s Glenhill Advisors and Frank Brosens’s Taconic Capital.

As aggregate interest spiked, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, created the most valuable position in Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD). Citadel Investment Group had 139.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $106.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s Senator Investment Group, Glenn J. Krevlin’s Glenhill Advisors, and Frank Brosens’s Taconic Capital.

Insider trading activity in Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD)

Insider buying made by high-level executives is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time period, Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD). These stocks are Chimera Investment Corporation (NYSE:CIM), MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA), National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN), Retail Properties of America Inc (NYSE:RPAI), and Douglas Emmett, Inc. (NYSE:DEI). This group of stocks are the members of the reit – diversified industry and their market caps resemble STWD’s market cap.

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