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Is Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC) a safe investment now? Prominent investors are surely becoming hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund investments moved up by 3 recently. ADC was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with ADC positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK), The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE), and BNC Bancorp (NASDAQ:BNCN) to gather more data points.
We care about hedge fund sentiment because historically hedge funds’ stock picks delivered strong risk adjusted returns. There are certain segments of the market where hedge funds’ stock picks performed much better than its benchmarks. For instance, the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds returned 18% over the last 12 months outpacing S&P 500 Index by more than 10 percentage points. We developed this strategy 2.5 years ago and started sharing its picks in our quarterly newsletter. It bested the S&P 500 Index ETFs by delivering a solid 39% vs. 22% gain for its benchmarks.
How have hedgies been trading Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a jump of 30% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 9 hedge funds with a bullish position in ADC at the beginning of this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holds the biggest position in Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC). AQR Capital Management has a $8.8 million position in the stock. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is Millennium Management, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holding a $8.1 million position. Other professional money managers that are bullish include Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. 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-microcap stocks.