Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Cedar Realty Trust Inc (CDR)

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Is it smart to be bullish on Cedar Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:CDR)?

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 Cedar Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:CDR)

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to examine the recent info about Cedar Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:CDR).

What does the smart money think about Cedar Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:CDR)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 50% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Robert Jaffe’s Force Capital had the biggest position in Cedar Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:CDR), worth close to $3 million, accounting for 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $1.4 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management.

Now, certain bigger names have jumped into Cedar Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:CDR) headfirst. Force Capital, managed by Robert Jaffe, established the largest position in Cedar Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:CDR). Force Capital had 3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group also initiated a $1.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management.

How have insiders been trading Cedar Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:CDR)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, Cedar Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:CDR) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Cedar Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:CDR). These stocks are Saul Centers Inc (NYSE:BFS), Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC), Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc (NYSE:UBA), Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY), and Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG). This group of stocks are the members of the reit – retail industry and their market caps are closest to CDR’s market cap.

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