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Is Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (DLR) A Good Stock To Buy ?

With the first-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the second quarter. One of these stocks was Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR).

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR) has seen a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. DLR was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with DLR holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that DLR isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings).
5 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds
Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

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John Burbank PASSPORT CAPITAL

John Burbank of Passport Capital

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What have hedge funds been doing with Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2019, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -6% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 34 hedge funds with a bullish position in DLR a year ago. 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, Zimmer Partners, managed by Stuart J. Zimmer, holds the largest position in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR). Zimmer Partners has a $38.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Osterweis Capital Management, led by John Osterweis, holding a $29.7 million position; 2.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, and Renaissance Technologies. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Osterweis Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR), around 2.16% of its 13F portfolio. Passport Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 2 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to DLR.

Due to the fact that Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR) has faced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few hedgies that slashed their positions entirely last quarter. Interestingly, Jeffrey Furber’s AEW Capital Management sold off the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds monitored by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $122.7 million in stock. Ken Griffin’s fund, Citadel Investment Group, also dumped its stock, about $20.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds last quarter.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR) but similarly valued. These stocks are Edison International (NYSE:EIX), Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR), T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW), and IHS Markit Ltd. (NYSE:INFO). This group of stocks’ market values match DLR’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
EIX 27 1708824 -6
DLTR 49 1912359 0
TROW 23 209393 -7
INFO 30 859361 2
Average 32.25 1172484 -2.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 32.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1172 million. That figure was $135 million in DLR’s case. Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW) is the least popular one with only 23 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR) is even less popular than TROW. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards DLR. Our calculations showed that the top 20 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. Unfortunately DLR wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); DLR investors were disappointed as the stock returned -6.8% during the fourth quarter (through the end of November) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as 70 percent of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in Q4.

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

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