How RAIT Financial Trust (RAS) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE:RAS) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016, same as at the end of the second quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RAS to other stocks including Straight Path Communications Inc (NYSEMKT:STRP), Primero Mining Corp (NYSE:PPP), and Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:IDRA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE:RAS)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in RAS at the beginning of this year, which has since declined by 25%. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).


When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Tricadia Capital Management, led by Michael Barnes and Arif Inayatullah, holds the number one position in RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE:RAS). Tricadia Capital Management has a $22.4 million position in the stock, comprising 6.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Tricadia Capital Management’s heels is James Dondero of Highland Capital Management, with a $20 million position. Other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds, which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.

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