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Hedge Funds Standing By Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (APTS)

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. Insider Monkey finished processing 821 13F filings submitted by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds’ portfolio positions as of March 31st, 2020. What do these smart investors think about Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS)?

Hedge fund interest in Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS) 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 APTS to other stocks including Hemisphere Media Group Inc (NASDAQ:HMTV), SI-BONE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIBN), and Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VYGR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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James Dondero of Highland Capital Management

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What have hedge funds been doing with Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 7 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in APTS a year ago. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

Is APTS A Good Stock To Buy?

The largest stake in Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS) was held by Millennium Management, which reported holding $3.4 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by LDR Capital with a $2 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Citadel Investment Group, Two Sigma Advisors, and Highland Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position LDR Capital allocated the biggest weight to Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS), around 3.4% of its 13F portfolio. Weld Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.1 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to APTS.

Due to the fact that Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS) has witnessed declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there were a few hedgies who sold off their entire stakes last quarter. Interestingly,  Renaissance Technologies dropped the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds tracked by Insider Monkey, comprising about $1.4 million in stock. David Harding’s fund, Winton Capital Management, also sold off its stock, about $0.6 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Hemisphere Media Group Inc (NASDAQ:HMTV), SI-BONE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIBN), Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VYGR), and Triple-S Management Corp.(NYSE:GTS). All of these stocks’ market caps match APTS’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
HMTV 9 26404 1
SIBN 19 77588 12
VYGR 15 50333 -5
GTS 11 94868 -7
Average 13.5 62298 0.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 13.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $62 million. That figure was $7 million in APTS’s case. SI-BONE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIBN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Hemisphere Media Group Inc (NASDAQ:HMTV) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS) is even less popular than HMTV. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards APTS. Our calculations showed that the top 10 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 13.4% in 2020 through June 22nd but managed to beat the market by 15.9 percentage points. Unfortunately APTS wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); APTS investors were disappointed as the stock returned 5.1% during the second quarter (through June 22nd) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in 2020.

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