Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH) Anymore

Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest of late.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the key action encompassing Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH).

What have hedge funds been doing with Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -27% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, holds the biggest position in Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH). Fisher Asset Management has a $46.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $6.1 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management and J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management.

A Retirement Savings Stock Every Investor Should OwnBecause Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH) has faced declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there were a few hedge funds who sold off their positions entirely last quarter. Interestingly, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw dropped the largest stake of the 450+ funds we key on, totaling about $16.5 million in stock., and David Costen Haley of HBK Investments was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $0.6 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds last quarter.

How have insiders been trading Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH). These stocks are Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT), Essex Property Trust Inc (NYSE:ESS), Apartment Investment and Management Co. (NYSE:AIV), Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO), and American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC). This group of stocks are the members of the reit – residential industry and their market caps resemble SNH’s market cap.