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Is Public Storage (NYSE:PSA) a buy, sell, or hold? The smart money is taking a bearish view. The number of long hedge fund positions shrunk by 1 lately. PSA was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with PSA positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare PSA to other stocks including PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (ETF) (NASDAQ:QQQ), LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYK), and Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s check out the recent action regarding Public Storage (NYSE:PSA).
How have hedgies been trading Public Storage (NYSE:PSA)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -5% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, AEW Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Furber, holds the most valuable position in Public Storage (NYSE:PSA). AEW Capital Management has a $283.9 million position in the stock, comprising 6.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holding a $77.9 million position; the fund has 0.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish consist of Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Ken Heebner’s Capital Growth Management and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.