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Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY) has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. RLGY was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with RLGY positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that RLGY isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let’s check out the recent hedge fund action surrounding Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY).
Hedge fund activity in Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY)
Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -13% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 27 hedge funds with a bullish position in RLGY a year ago. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Among these funds, Southeastern Asset Management held the most valuable stake in Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY), which was worth $139.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter. On the second spot was Okumus Fund Management which amassed $111.9 million worth of shares. Moreover, Tremblant Capital, Pzena Investment Management, and Millennium Management were also bullish on Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.
Since Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there exists a select few money managers that elected to cut their entire stakes by the end of the third quarter. Intriguingly, Jonathan Bloomberg’s BloombergSen cut the largest position of all the hedgies followed by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $12.5 million in stock, and Thomas E. Claugus’s GMT Capital was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $8.1 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds by the end of the third quarter.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY). We will take a look at Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDGL), The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited (NYSE:NTB), Kayne Anderson MLP/Midstream Investment Company (NYSE:KYN), and TowneBank (NASDAQ:TOWN). This group of stocks’ market caps match RLGY’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 11.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $110 million. That figure was $445 million in RLGY’s case. Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDGL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Kayne Anderson MLP/Midstream Investment Company (NYSE:KYN) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY) is more popular among hedge funds. 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. Unfortunately RLGY wasn’t nearly as popular as these 15 stock and hedge funds that were betting on RLGY were disappointed as the stock returned -15.5% and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market this year.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.