Is ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (ARR) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Is ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR) a good place to invest some of your money right now? We can gain invaluable insight to help us answer that question by studying the investment trends of top investors, who employ world-class Ivy League graduates, who are given immense resources and industry contacts to put their financial expertise to work. The top picks of these firms have historically outperformed the market when we account for known risk factors, making them very valuable investment ideas.

ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR) has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. ARR was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with ARR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ARR to other stocks, including Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), Invesco Dynamic Credit Opportunities Fd (NYSE:VTA), and NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NYSE:NCS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s check out the recent action regarding ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR).

How have hedgies been trading ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a slump of 38% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Pine River Capital Management, managed by Brian Taylor, holds the largest position in ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR). The fund reportedly holds a $15.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Pine River Capital Management’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, led by Jim Simons, holding a $11.7 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

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