Hedge Funds Are Betting On Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (ARE): CommonWealth REIT (CWH), Liberty Property Trust (LRY)

Alexandria Real Estate Equities IncAlexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (NYSE:ARE) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. ARE shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with ARE holdings 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 Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (NYSE:ARE).

What have hedge funds been doing with Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (NYSE:ARE)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 43% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

Of the funds we track, Jeffrey Furber’s AEW Capital Management had the biggest position in Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (NYSE:ARE), worth close to $73.9 million, comprising 2% of its total 13F portfolio. On AEW Capital Management’s heels is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $17.8 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Now, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, initiated the biggest position in Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (NYSE:ARE). Renaissance Technologies had 17.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also made a $0.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new ARE position is Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

What have insiders been doing with Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (NYSE:ARE)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (NYSE:ARE) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (NYSE:ARE). These stocks are CommonWealth REIT (NYSE:CWH), Highwoods Properties Inc (NYSE:HIW), Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM), Kilroy Realty Corp (NYSE:KRC), and Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LRY). This group of stocks are in the reit – office industry and their market caps are similar to ARE’s market cap.