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Getty Realty Corp. (GTY): Hedge Funds In Wait-and-See Mode

The financial regulations require hedge funds and wealthy investors that exceeded the $100 million equity holdings threshold to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn’t the intention, these filings to a certain extent level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings disclosed the funds’ positions on March 31st, about a week after the S&P 500 Index bottomed. We at Insider Monkey have made an extensive database of more than 821 of those established hedge funds and famous value investors’ filings. In this article, we analyze how these elite funds and prominent investors traded Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY) based on those filings.

Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the first quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2020. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Mednax Inc. (NYSE:MD), Akebia Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:AKBA), and JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD) to gather more data points. Our calculations also showed that GTY 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).

Video: Watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

Hedge funds’ reputation as shrewd investors has been tarnished in the last decade as their hedged returns couldn’t keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. Our research was able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the S&P 500 ETFs by more than 58 percentage points since March 2017 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that’ll significantly underperform the market. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 and they lost 36% through May 18th. That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.

Bruce Kovner, Caxton Associates LP

Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates LP

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

At Q1’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from the fourth quarter of 2019. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards GTY over the last 18 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is GTY A Good Stock To Buy?

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies,  holds the most valuable position in Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY). Renaissance Technologies has a $59.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which holds a $2.6 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Zebra Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY), around 1.03% of its 13F portfolio. Navellier & Associates is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.19 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to GTY.

We view hedge fund activity in the stock unfavorable, but in this case there was only a single hedge fund selling its entire position: D E Shaw. One hedge fund selling its entire position doesn’t always imply a bearish intent. Theoretically a hedge fund may decide to sell a promising position in order to invest the proceeds in a more promising idea. However, we don’t think this is the case in this case because only one of the 800+ hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey identified as a viable investment and initiated a position in the stock (that fund was Caxton Associates LP).

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY) but similarly valued. These stocks are Mednax Inc. (NYSE:MD), Akebia Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:AKBA), JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD), and Methode Electronics Inc. (NYSE:MEI). All of these stocks’ market caps resemble GTY’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
MD 26 237754 -7
AKBA 18 340546 2
JELD 20 144013 -9
MEI 13 71718 -1
Average 19.25 198508 -3.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $199 million. That figure was $68 million in GTY’s case. Mednax Inc. (NYSE:MD) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Methode Electronics Inc. (NYSE:MEI) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY) is even less popular than MEI. Hedge funds clearly dropped the ball on GTY as the stock delivered strong returns, though hedge funds’ consensus picks still generated respectable returns. 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 13.4% in 2020 through June 22nd and still beat the market by 15.9 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on GTY as the stock returned 28.1% so far in the second quarter and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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