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What Smart Money Thinks about Realty Income Corp (O)?

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we look at what those investors think of Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O).

Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. At the end of September, 20 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in the company, compared to 14 funds a quarter earlier. At the end of this article we will also compare O to other stocks including Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI), Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP), and Roper Industries, Inc. (NYSE:ROP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s view the recent action regarding Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O).

What have hedge funds been doing with Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O)?

As stated earlier, at the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O), up by 43% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 11 hedge funds with a bullish position in Realty Income at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holds the most valuable position in Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O). Citadel Investment Group has a $49.2 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, with a $24.7 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers with similar optimism contain David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments. 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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