Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Kilroy Realty Corp (KRC)

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Kilroy Realty Corp (NYSE:KRC) was in 27 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic was previously 26. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. KRC investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with KRC holdings at the end of December. Our calculations also showed that KRC isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).

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Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital Management

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Do Hedge Funds Think KRC Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

Heading into the second quarter of 2021, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 8% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards KRC over the last 23 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is KRC A Good Stock To Buy?

More specifically, Zimmer Partners was the largest shareholder of Kilroy Realty Corp (NYSE:KRC), with a stake worth $128 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Zimmer Partners was Oaktree Capital Management, which amassed a stake valued at $59.7 million. Waterfront Capital Partners, AQR Capital Management, and Citadel Investment Group were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Masterton Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Kilroy Realty Corp (NYSE:KRC), around 5.75% of its 13F portfolio. V3 Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 3.11 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to KRC.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Oaktree Capital Management, managed by Howard Marks, assembled the biggest position in Kilroy Realty Corp (NYSE:KRC). Oaktree Capital Management had $59.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management also made a $7.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new KRC positions are Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management, and Minhua Zhang’s Weld Capital Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Kilroy Realty Corp (NYSE:KRC). These stocks are Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc (NASDAQ:RARE), People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBCT), Woodward Inc (NASDAQ:WWD), Smartsheet Inc. (NYSE:SMAR), SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITE), CubeSmart (NYSE:CUBE), and Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:JEF). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble KRC’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
RARE 25 588066 -1
PBCT 20 208579 -9
WWD 27 643051 8
SMAR 39 1490070 -6
SITE 16 67390 -1
CUBE 25 350765 1
JEF 38 700629 5
Average 27.1 578364 -0.4

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 27.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $578 million. That figure was $329 million in KRC’s case. Smartsheet Inc. (NYSE:SMAR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITE) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. Kilroy Realty Corp (NYSE:KRC) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for KRC is 60.9. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 24% in 2021 through July 9th and surpassed the market again by 6.7 percentage points. Unfortunately KRC wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); KRC investors were disappointed as the stock returned 8.6% since the end of March (through 7/9) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2021.

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