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Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Rouse Properties Inc (RSE)?

Rouse Properties Inc (NYSE:RSE) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. RSE investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with RSE positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Rouse Properties Inc (NYSE:RSE)

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a glance at the recent action surrounding Rouse Properties Inc (NYSE:RSE).

What does the smart money think about Rouse Properties Inc (NYSE:RSE)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 17% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Horizon Asset Management, managed by Murray Stahl, holds the biggest position in Rouse Properties Inc (NYSE:RSE). Horizon Asset Management has a $79.5 million position in the stock, comprising 2.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Louis Bacon of Moore Global Investments, with a $12.7 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Now, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, initiated the most outsized position in Rouse Properties Inc (NYSE:RSE). Renaissance Technologies had 0.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Rouse Properties Inc (NYSE:RSE)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, Rouse Properties Inc (NYSE:RSE) has seen 3 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Rouse Properties Inc (NYSE:RSE). These stocks are Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE:AKR), E-House (China) Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:EJ), Tejon Ranch Company (NYSE:TRC), Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW), and FirstService Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:FSRV). This group of stocks are the members of the property management industry and their market caps are similar to RSE’s market cap.

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