Getty Realty Corp. (GTY): Hedge Funds and Insiders Are Bearish, What Should You Do?: Inland Real Estate Corporation (IRC), Saul Centers Inc (BFS)

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Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY) was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. GTY shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with GTY positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a look at the recent action encompassing Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY).

How have hedgies been trading Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -17% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Oaktree Capital Management, managed by Howard Marks, holds the most valuable position in Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY). Oaktree Capital Management has a $25.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which held a $1.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Michael Price’s MFP Investors and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Due to the fact that Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY) has witnessed a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there was a specific group of money managers who sold off their entire stakes at the end of the year. It’s worth mentioning that David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments dumped the largest stake of the 450+ funds we monitor, totaling an estimated $2.5 million in stock.. D. E. Shaw’s fund, D E Shaw, also said goodbye to its stock, about $0.7 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds at the end of the year.

Insider trading activity in Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY)

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY). These stocks are Inland Real Estate Corporation (NYSE:IRC), Saul Centers Inc (NYSE:BFS), Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG), Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC), and Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc (NYSE:UBA). This group of stocks are in the reit – retail industry and their market caps are closest to GTY’s market cap.

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