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Stag Industrial Inc (STAG): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Stag Industrial Inc (NYSE:STAG).

Stag Industrial Inc (NYSE:STAG) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Impax Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IPXL), Brady Corp (NYSE:BRC), and VeriFone Systems Inc (NYSE:PAY) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the key action encompassing Stag Industrial Inc (NYSE:STAG).

Hedge fund activity in Stag Industrial Inc (NYSE:STAG)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. By comparison, 8 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in STAG heading into this year. So, let’s examine 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 Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management has the biggest position in Stag Industrial Inc (NYSE:STAG), worth close to $33.5 million, corresponding to 2.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Millennium Management, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, with a $14.5 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other members of the smart money that are bullish contain Michael Swotes’ Castle Ridge Investment Management, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital 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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