Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN): Insiders Are Buying, Should You?

Health Care REIT: A Dividend Story For Your WalletHealth Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. HCN investors should be aware of a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with HCN holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action regarding Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN).

What have hedge funds been doing with Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN)?

At year’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -11% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the largest position in Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN). Citadel Investment Group has a $181 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. On Citadel Investment Group’s heels is D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, which held a $100 million position; 0% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Jeffrey Furber’s AEW Capital Management and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.

Judging by the fact that Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) has witnessed declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, we can see that there exists a select few money managers that elected to cut their full holdings heading into 2013. At the top of the heap, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital said goodbye to the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, valued at about $70 million in stock.. James E. Flynn’s fund, Deerfield Management, also dropped its stock, about $3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds heading into 2013.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN)?

Insider buying is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time frame, Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results demonstrated by our time-tested strategies, retail investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) is no exception.

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