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Equity One, Inc. (EQY) Experiences A Jump In Smart Money Investment

Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY) has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently, being included in the portfolios of 17 investment firms in our database. At the end of this article we will also compare Equity One, Inc. to other stocks including Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL), Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN), and Popular Inc (NASDAQ:BPOP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s go over the latest action encompassing Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY).

Hedge fund activity in Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 42% jump from the second quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or had already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, holds the number one position in Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY). Millennium Management has a $47.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Millennium Management’s heels is Waterfront Capital Partners, managed by Eduardo Abush, which holds a $17.5 million position; 2.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Renaissance Technologies, Lee Munder’s Lee Munder Capital Group, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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