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New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE:NRZ) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. NRZ was in 33 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 38 hedge funds in our database with NRZ 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 PrivateBancorp Inc (NASDAQ:PVTB), Federated Investors Inc (NYSE:FII), and Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDTI) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s go over the key action surrounding New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE:NRZ).
How have hedgies been trading New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE:NRZ)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 13% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Emanuel J. Friedman’s EJF Capital has the biggest position in New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE:NRZ), worth close to $129.8 million, accounting for 6.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Omega Advisors, managed by Leon Cooperman, which holds a $93.9 million position; 1.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other members of the smart money that are bullish contain Brian Jackelow’s SAB Capital Management, Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group and Michael Blitzer’s Kingstown Capital Management.