Is Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (DLR) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. DLR was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. By comparison, there had been 18 funds in our database with DLR holdings 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 DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA), Goldcorp Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GG), and CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s view the new action surrounding Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR).

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

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR), down by 11% over the quarter. By comparison, 20 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DLR heading into this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).


When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the most valuable position in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR), worth close to $31.4 million. On Millennium Management’s heels is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which holds a $24.8 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Louis Navellier’s Navellier & Associates. 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.

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