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Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE:CLDT) has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with CLDT holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 WL Ross Holding Corp (NASDAQ:NXEO), TIER REIT Inc (NYSE:TIER), and Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ:VRTU) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s go over the recent action regarding Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE:CLDT).
What does the smart money think about Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE:CLDT)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an increase of 22% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 13 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CLDT heading into this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Forward Management, led by J. Alan Reid, Jr., holds the biggest position in Chatham Lodging Trust (NYSE:CLDT). Forward Management has a $37.1 million position in the stock, comprising 2.8% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is AEW Capital Management, led by Jeffrey Furber, which holds a $30.9 million position; the fund has 0.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Daniel Beltzman and Gergory Smith’s Birch Run Capital and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. We should note that Forward Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.