Is Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT) A Good Stock to Buy?

Is Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.

Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT) investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. HPT was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with HPT positions 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 Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA), Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX), and Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE:TCO) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 25% rise from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish positions in HPT over the last 5 quarters, which has alternated between declines and rises, and hedgies trade in and out of the stock. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management has the largest position in Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT), worth close to $17.5 million. The second largest stake is held by Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, which holds a $13.2 million position. Remaining peers that hold long positions comprise Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management. 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.

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers have jumped into Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT) headfirst. Alyeska Investment Group established the most outsized position in Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT). Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management also initiated a $2.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT) but similarly valued. These stocks are Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA), Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX), Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE:TCO), and Endo Health Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:ENDP). This group of stocks’ market values are closest to HPT’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
HTA 9 61443 -3
CGNX 11 256491 3
TCO 19 436312 1
ENDP 32 797272 -4

As you can see these stocks had an average of 18 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $388 million. That figure was $62 million in HPT’s case. Endo Health Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:ENDP) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard ENDP might be a better candidate to consider taking a long position in.

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