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In these volatile markets we scrutinize hedge fund filings to get a reading on which direction each stock might be going. Before we spend countless hours researching a company, we like to analyze what insiders, hedge funds and billionaire investors think of the stock first. This is a necessary first step in our investment process because our research has shown that the elite investors’ consensus returns have been exceptional. In the following paragraphs, we find out what the billionaire investors and hedge funds think of Brookfield Property Partners LP (NYSE:BPY).
Hedge fund interest in Brookfield Property Partners LP (NYSE:BPY) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare BPY to other stocks including Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (NYSE:ACH), Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE:HUBB), and Royal Gold, Inc (NASDAQ:RGLD) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does smart money think about Brookfield Property Partners LP (NYSE:BPY)?
At Q4’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards BPY over the last 18 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Marshall Wace LLP held the most valuable stake in Brookfield Property Partners LP (NYSE:BPY), which was worth $34.1 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Renaissance Technologies which amassed $12.5 million worth of shares. Forward Management, Arrowstreet Capital, and Citadel Investment Group were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Forward Management allocated the biggest weight to Brookfield Property Partners LP (NYSE:BPY), around 1.19% of its 13F portfolio. Marshall Wace LLP is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.23 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to BPY.
Seeing as Brookfield Property Partners LP (NYSE:BPY) has faced falling interest from hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds that elected to cut their entire stakes in the third quarter. Intriguingly, John Thiessen’s Vertex One Asset Management sold off the biggest position of all the hedgies tracked by Insider Monkey, valued at an estimated $4.9 million in stock. Brad Dunkley and Blair Levinsky’s fund, Waratah Capital Advisors, also dropped its stock, about $0.5 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Brookfield Property Partners LP (NYSE:BPY) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (NYSE:ACH), Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE:HUBB), Royal Gold, Inc (NASDAQ:RGLD), and Genpact Limited (NYSE:G). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to BPY’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $341 million. That figure was $63 million in BPY’s case. Genpact Limited (NYSE:G) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (NYSE:ACH) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Brookfield Property Partners LP (NYSE:BPY) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks lost 22.3% in 2020 through March 16th but beat the market by 3.2 percentage points. Unfortunately BPY wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); BPY investors were disappointed as the stock returned -36.4% during the same time period and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in Q1.
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