General Growth Properties Inc (GGP): Hedge Funds Are Snapping Up

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the government. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we look at what those investors think of General Growth Properties Inc (NYSE:GGP).

General Growth Properties Inc (NYSE:GGP) investors should pay attention to an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. GGP was in 27 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with GGP positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare GGP to other stocks, including Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN), Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI), and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the latest action encompassing General Growth Properties Inc (NYSE:GGP).

What have hedge funds been doing with General Growth Properties Inc (NYSE:GGP)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 23% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the biggest position in General Growth Properties Inc (NYSE:GGP), worth close to $82.7 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $48.1 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management.

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