Is UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR) a buy, sell, or hold? Prominent investors are turning less bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions dropped by 2 recently.
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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a glance at the key action regarding UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR).
How are hedge funds trading UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR)?
Heading into Q2, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -18% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.
According to our comprehensive database, Carlson Capital, managed by Clint Carlson, holds the largest position in UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR). Carlson Capital has a $20.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Ken Gray and Steve Walsh of Bryn Mawr Capital, with a $17.9 million position; the fund has 1.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.
Since UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR) has witnessed declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there is a sect of money managers that elected to cut their full holdings last quarter. Intriguingly, John Khoury’s Long Pond Capital dumped the biggest position of the 450+ funds we key on, totaling an estimated $31.4 million in stock.. Brian Taylor’s fund, Pine River Capital Management, also dumped its stock, about $21.9 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds last quarter.
What have insiders been doing with UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR)?
Insider buying is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time frame, UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR). These stocks are Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO), American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC), Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH), Essex Property Trust Inc (NYSE:ESS), and Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT). This group of stocks are the members of the reit – residential industry and their market caps match UDR’s market cap.