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Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD): Hedge Funds and Insiders Are Bullish, What Should You Do?

Is Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD) a buy here? The smart money is betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets went up by 1 lately.

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Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD)Equally as integral, optimistic insider trading activity is another way to parse down the stock market universe. Obviously, there are a number of incentives for an upper level exec to drop shares of his or her company, but only one, very obvious reason why they would buy. Various empirical studies have demonstrated the impressive potential of this method if shareholders understand what to do (learn more here).

With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a gander at the latest action regarding Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD).

Hedge fund activity in Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD)

At year’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 5% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the most valuable position in Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD). Citadel Investment Group has a $64 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Citadel Investment Group’s heels is Amy Minella of Cardinal Capital, with a $24 million position; the fund has 1.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Glenn J. Krevlin’s Glenhill Advisors, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds have jumped into Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD) headfirst. Two Sigma Advisors, managed by John Overdeck and David Siegel, assembled the most valuable position in Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD). Two Sigma Advisors had 1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Fichthorn’s Dialectic Capital Management also made a $1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management and Bruce Kovner’s Caxton Associates LP.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results shown by Insider Monkey’s strategies, everyday investors should always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD) is an important part of this process.

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