Is FSP A Good Stock To Buy Now?

In this article we will take a look at whether hedge funds think Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSE:FSP) is a good investment right now. We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, unconventional data sources, expert networks, and get tips from investment bankers and industry insiders. Sure they sometimes fail miserably, but their consensus stock picks historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.

Is FSP a good stock to buy now? Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSE:FSP) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistic is 16. FSP shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with FSP positions at the end of the second quarter. Our calculations also showed that FSP isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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Roger Ibbotson of Zebra Capital Management

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Do Hedge Funds Think FSP Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 15% from the second quarter of 2020. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in FSP over the last 21 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

The largest stake in Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSE:FSP) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $10.9 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Arrowstreet Capital with a $4 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Millennium Management, AQR Capital Management, and Balyasny Asset Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Zebra Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSE:FSP), around 0.19% of its 13F portfolio. Weld Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.02 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to FSP.

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Balyasny Asset Management, managed by Dmitry Balyasny, created the most valuable position in Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSE:FSP). Balyasny Asset Management had $0.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners also initiated a $0.1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management, Karim Abbadi and Edward McBride’s Centiva Capital, and Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSE:FSP) but similarly valued. These stocks are Designer Brands Inc. (NYSE:DBI), Eros STX Global Corporation (NYSE:ESGC), Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE:BCEI), Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (NYSE:GPMT), Kimball International Inc (NASDAQ:KBAL), Golden Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ:GDEN), and Arrow Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:AROW). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble FSP’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
DBI 13 48775 -6
ESGC 5 21979 -5
BCEI 16 63464 1
GPMT 13 20830 3
KBAL 19 68221 3
GDEN 12 67167 -3
AROW 3 10861 0
Average 11.6 43042 -1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 11.6 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $43 million. That figure was $19 million in FSP’s case. Kimball International Inc (NASDAQ:KBAL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Arrow Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:AROW) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSE:FSP) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for FSP is 72.6. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks gained 30.7% in 2020 through December 14th and still beat the market by 15.8 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on FSP as the stock returned 34.1% since the end of Q3 (through 12/14) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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