Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love One Liberty Properties, Inc. (OLP)?

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One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP) was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. OLP investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with OLP holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a glance at the latest action regarding One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP).

What does the smart money think about One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -17% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP)When looking at the hedgies we track, Michael Price’s MFP Investors had the largest position in One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP), worth close to $2.6 million, accounting for 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $2.4 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that are bullish include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Because One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP) has experienced a declination in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there were a few funds that decided to sell off their entire stakes heading into Q2. Interestingly, Andy Redleaf’s Whitebox Advisors dropped the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we track, worth about $1.3 million in stock., and Matthew Moskey of Tiresias Capital was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.7 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds heading into Q2.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP) has seen 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP). These stocks are Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ:GOOD), Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR), Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR), Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR), and Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE:GKK). This group of stocks are the members of the reit – diversified industry and their market caps resemble OLP’s market cap.

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