Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (HTA): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA) a superb investment right now? Prominent investors are turning bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions increased by 7 recently.

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a look at the latest action regarding Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA).

What does the smart money think about Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 175% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.

Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (HTA)When looking at the hedgies we track, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management had the biggest position in Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA), worth close to $27.1 million, comprising 0.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $16.9 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedgies with similar optimism include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Visium Asset Management, managed by Jacob Gottlieb, initiated the most outsized position in Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA). Visium Asset Management had 27.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $5.7 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new HTA positions are Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Ben Levine Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

Insider trading activity in Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA)

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA) has experienced 7 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA). These stocks are LTC Properties Inc (NYSE:LTC), National Health Investors Inc (NYSE:NHI), Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (NYSE:OHI), Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW), and Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR). This group of stocks are the members of the reit – healthcare facilities industry and their market caps resemble HTA’s market cap.

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