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Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc (NYSE:XHR) experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds. There were 16 funds in our database bullish on XHR at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare XHR to other stocks including Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP), Descartes Systems Group (USA) (NASDAQ:DSGX), and Corrections Corp Of America (NYSE:CXW) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the latest action regarding Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc (NYSE:XHR).
How are hedge funds trading Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc (NYSE:XHR)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, compared to 11 funds at the end of June. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in XHR at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Seth Fischer’s Oasis Managementá has the most valuable position in Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc (NYSE:XHR), worth close to $15.2 million, corresponding to 6.2% of its total 13F portfolio. On Oasis Managementá’s heels is 683 Capital Partners, led by Ari Zweiman, which holds a $13.5 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management, David Brown’s Hawk Ridge Management, and Charles Davidson’s Wexford Capital. We should note that 683 Capital Partners is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.