Hedge Funds Are Crazy About SL Green Realty Corp (SLG)

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At Insider Monkey, we pore over the filings of more than 700 top investment firms every quarter, a process we have now completed for the latest reporting period. The data we’ve gathered as a result gives us access to a wealth of collective knowledge based on these firms’ portfolio holdings as of September 30. In this article, we will use that wealth of knowledge to determine whether or not SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE:SLG) makes for a good investment right now.

SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE:SLG) was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. SLG investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with SLG positions 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 ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE), Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV), and Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOLX) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE:SLG)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up by 14% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SLG over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies holds the largest position in SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE:SLG). Renaissance Technologies has a $49.7 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holding a $44.6 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism contain Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, George Hall’s Clinton Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium 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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