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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (PDM)

Insider Monkey finished processing more than 700 13F filings submitted by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds’ portfolio positions as of December 31st, 2018. In this article we are going to take a look at smart money sentiment towards Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM).

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM) has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. Our calculations also showed that PDM isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Dmitry Balyasny

We’re going to take a peek at the recent hedge fund action surrounding Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM).

What have hedge funds been doing with Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM)?

Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 40% from the second quarter of 2018. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in PDM over the last 14 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM), which was worth $54 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was AEW Capital Management which amassed $49.2 million worth of shares. Moreover, GLG Partners, Citadel Investment Group, and D E Shaw were also bullish on Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

As industrywide interest jumped, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Balyasny Asset Management, managed by Dmitry Balyasny, established the most valuable position in Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM). Balyasny Asset Management had $0.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Minhua Zhang’s Weld Capital Management also initiated a $0.9 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new PDM investors: David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM). We will take a look at Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P), Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE:LM), Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ:TNDM), and Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ:WAFD). All of these stocks’ market caps match PDM’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
P 39 779833 -2
LM 18 120211 -2
TNDM 25 373698 3
WAFD 12 76775 -1
Average 23.5 337629 -0.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $338 million. That figure was $118 million in PDM’s case. Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ:WAFD) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on PDM, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 19.3% and outperformed the market as well.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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