The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO) .
Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO) has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with SHO 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 Kite Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:KITE), Manchester United PLC (NYSE:MANU), and United States Steel Corporation (NYSE:X) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to analyze the fresh action encompassing Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO).
How are hedge funds trading Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -22% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SHO over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Echo Street Capital Management, led by Greg Poole, holds the biggest position in Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO). Echo Street Capital Management has a $8.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $4.4 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world. 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.