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Hedge fund interest in American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY), and Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE:CSC) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to review the key action encompassing American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC).
How are hedge funds trading American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in ACC heading into this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, AEW Capital Management, led by Jeffrey Furber, holds the biggest position in American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC). According to its latest 13F filing, the fund has a $54 million position in the stock, comprising 1.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Israel Englander’s Millennium Management with a $24.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Jonathan Litt’s Land & Buildings Investment Management and Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital 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.