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Do Hedge Funds Love Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (HR)?

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and successful value investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds’ and successful investors’ positions as of the end of the first quarter. You can find articles about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves over the last 4.5 years and analyze what the smart money thinks of Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR) based on that data and determine whether they were really smart about the stock.

Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR) investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. Our calculations also showed that HR isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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David Harding

David Harding of Winton Capital Management

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Hedge fund activity in Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -8% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in HR over the last 18 quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Is HR A Good Stock To Buy?

Among these funds, Citadel Investment Group held the most valuable stake in Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR), which was worth $13.3 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Winton Capital Management which amassed $8.4 million worth of shares. Renaissance Technologies, Impax Asset Management, and AlphaCrest Capital Management were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Winton Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR), around 0.22% of its 13F portfolio. AlphaCrest Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.13 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to HR.

Because Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there lies a certain “tier” of fund managers that slashed their full holdings heading into Q4. At the top of the heap, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management sold off the largest stake of the 750 funds watched by Insider Monkey, comprising about $16.6 million in stock. Andrew Sandler’s fund, Sandler Capital Management, also dropped its stock, about $3.5 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds heading into Q4.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR). We will take a look at East West Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EWBC), Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB), Deckers Outdoor Corp (NASDAQ:DECK), and Vir Biotechnology, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIR). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to HR’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
EWBC 25 180356 -4
SLAB 20 58924 -6
DECK 31 554069 -12
VIR 4 17427 2
Average 20 202694 -5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 20 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $203 million. That figure was $38 million in HR’s case. Deckers Outdoor Corp (NASDAQ:DECK) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Vir Biotechnology, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIR) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 12.3% in 2020 through June 30th and surpassed the market by 15.5 percentage points. Unfortunately HR wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); HR investors were disappointed as the stock returned 6% during the second quarter and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2020.

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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.