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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About istar Inc (STAR)

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards istar Inc (NYSE:STAR) .

istar Inc (NYSE:STAR) was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. STAR investors should pay attention to an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with STAR 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 Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE), Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (NYSE:SAND), and Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE) to gather more data points.

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How are hedge funds trading istar Inc (NYSE:STAR)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a rise of 19% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 23 hedge funds with a bullish position in STAR at the beginning of this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital has the number one position in istar Inc (NYSE:STAR), worth close to $80.2 million. On Diamond Hill Capital’s heels is David Gallo of Valinor Management LLC holding a $51.4 million position; the fund has 1.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Kenneth Tropin’s Graham Capital Management, Michael Swotes’ Castle Ridge Investment Management and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.

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