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Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (ACRE): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

Many investors, including Carl Icahn or Stan Druckenmiller, have been saying for a while now that the current market is overvalued due to a low interest rate environment that leads to companies swapping their equity for debt and focusing mostly on short-term performance such as beating the quarterly earnings estimates. In the third quarter, many investors lost money due to unpredictable events such as the concerns over Valeant’s drug pricing policy that led to an overall drop among pharma stocks. Nevertheless, many of the stocks that tanked in the third quarter still sport strong fundamentals and their decline was more related to the general market sentiment rather than their individual performance and hedge funds kept their bullish stance. In this article we will find out how hedge fund sentiment to Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NYSE:ACRE) changed recently.

Despite an 8.28% dividend yield and a 5% year-to-date gains, Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NYSE:ACRE) investors should be aware of a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. ACRE was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with ACRE positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ACRE to other stocks including Xcerra Corp (NASDAQ:XCRA), Arrowhead Research Corp (NASDAQ:ARWR), and Ocean Rig UDW Inc (NASDAQ:ORIG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s view the key action surrounding Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NYSE:ACRE).

How are hedge funds trading Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NYSE:ACRE)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 7% from one quarter earlier. 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 holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management has the most valuable position in Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NYSE:ACRE), worth close to $6.9 million, comprising 0.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Renaissance Technologies, with a $4.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Amy Minella’ Cardinal Capital.

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