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What Smart Money Thinks about First Potomac Realty Trust (FPO)?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE:FPO).

First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE:FPO) registered a decrease in hedge fund sentiment during the third quarter. At the end of September, 13 hedge funds in our database held long positions in FPO. 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 Xenith Bankshares Inc (NASDAQ:XBKS), RPX Corp (NASDAQ:RPXC), and Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s view the key action surrounding First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE:FPO).

What does the smart money think about First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE:FPO)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, versus 13 funds quarter earlier. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in FPO heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the number one position in First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE:FPO). Renaissance Technologies has a $9.9 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, which disclosed a $3.2 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management. 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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