Here is What Hedge Funds Think About E-House (China) Holdings Limited (ADR) (EJ)

E-House (China) Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:EJ)E-House (China) Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:EJ) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. EJ has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with EJ positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Now, it’s important to take a gander at the recent action surrounding E-House (China) Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:EJ).

Hedge fund activity in E-House (China) Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:EJ)

In preparation for this year, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

Of the funds we track, Orbis Investment Management, managed by William B. Gray, holds the largest position in E-House (China) Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:EJ). Orbis Investment Management has a $70.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Platinum Asset Management, managed by Kerr Neilson, which held a $25.3 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Since E-House (China) Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:EJ) has experienced bearish interest from the smart money, logic holds that there is a sect of money managers that slashed their positions entirely at the end of the year. Intriguingly, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group said goodbye to the largest stake of the 450+ funds we monitor, valued at about $0.2 million in stock. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading E-House (China) Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:EJ)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time period, E-House (China) Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:EJ) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, 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 E-House (China) Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:EJ). These stocks are Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC), Homex Development Corp. (ADR) (NYSE:HXM), Tejon Ranch Company (NYSE:TRC), and Campus Crest Communities Inc (NYSE:CCG). This group of stocks are in the property management industry and their market caps are similar to EJ’s market cap.