Do Hedge Funds Love HCP, Inc. (HCP)?

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The market has been volatile as the Federal Reserve winds down its easy money policies. Small cap stocks have been hit hard as a result, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points between June 25th and the end of October. SEC filings and hedge fund investor letters indicate that the smart money seems to be paring back their overall long exposure, and the funds’ movements is one of the reasons why the major indexes have retraced. In this article, we analyze what the smart money thinks of HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) and find out how it is affected by the hedge funds’ moves.

HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. HCP was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with HCP positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX), Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT), and Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to go over the new action encompassing HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP).

How have hedgies been trading HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -11% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, AEW Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Furber, holds the number one position in HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP). AEW Capital Management has a $112.4 million position in the stock, comprising 2.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Renaissance Technologies, with a $64.8 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism contain Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’s Canyon Capital Advisors.

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