Is HCP, Inc. (HCP) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

Is HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) a good investment?

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HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP)

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Now that that’s out of the way, it’s important to examine the latest info surrounding HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP).

What does the smart money think about HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 26 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 30% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, AEW Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Furber, holds the biggest position in HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP). AEW Capital Management has a $183.5 million position in the stock, comprising 4.8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $68 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.

As aggregate interest spiked, certain money managers have jumped into HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) headfirst. AEW Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Furber, created the biggest position in HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP). AEW Capital Management had 183.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also made a $68 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management, and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.

How are insiders trading HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP). These stocks are Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR), Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA), Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (NYSE:OHI), Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN), and Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR). This group of stocks are the members of the reithealthcare facilities industry and their market caps resemble HCP’s market cap.