Hedge Funds Are Selling Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (SHO)

Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO) was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. SHO shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with SHO positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO)

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action surrounding Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO).

What does the smart money think about Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -19% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Capital Growth Management, managed by Ken Heebner, holds the most valuable position in Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO). Capital Growth Management has a $63.3 million position in the stock, comprising 1.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by J. Alan Reid, Jr. of Forward Management, with a $19.4 million position; the fund has 1.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Glenn Fuhrman and John Phelan’s MSD Capital and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Because Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO) has witnessed falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of money managers that slashed their positions entirely at the end of the first quarter. At the top of the heap, James H. Litinsky’s JHL Capital Group dropped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, valued at close to $41.2 million in stock., and Israel Englander of Millennium Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $2.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds at the end of the first quarter.

What have insiders been doing with Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO)?

Insider buying is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO). These stocks are RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE:RLJ), LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO), Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB), Strategic Hotels and Resorts Inc (NYSE:BEE), and DiamondRock Hospitality Company (NYSE:DRH). This group of stocks are in the reit – hotel/motel industry and their market caps resemble SHO’s market cap.