Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Brixmor Property Group Inc (NYSE:BRX) from the perspective of those successful funds.
Brixmor Property Group Inc (NYSE:BRX)’s investors should pay attention to a slight decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 17 funds tracked by Insider Monkey long Brixmor Property Group at the end of September, down by one compared to the end of June. However, 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 Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc (NYSE:HII), Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), and Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VAR) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action surrounding Brixmor Property Group Inc (NYSE:BRX).
How have hedgies been trading Brixmor Property Group Inc (NYSE:BRX)?
At the end of the third quarter, 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Brixmor Property Group Inc (NYSE:BRX), down by 6% over the quarter. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in BRX heading into this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the biggest position in Brixmor Property Group Inc (NYSE:BRX), worth close to $87.4 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Forward Management, led by J. Alan Reid, Jr., which holds a $11.3 million position; 0.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish include David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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.