Is Regency Centers Corp (REG) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds? – Taubman Centers, Inc. (TCO), Weingarten Realty Investors (WRI)

Regency Centers CorpIs Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG) a great investment now? Investors who are in the know are taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets moved up by 5 recently.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG).

How are hedge funds trading Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 100% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group had the biggest position in Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG), worth close to $69.2 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, which held a $57.2 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Jeffrey Furber’s AEW Capital Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Now, specific money managers have jumped into Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG) headfirst. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, established the most outsized position in Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG). Renaissance Technologies had 17.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital also initiated a $5 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new REG investors: David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments, Thomas Bailard’s Bailard Inc, and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.

Insider trading activity in Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG)

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG). These stocks are Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE:HPT), CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE:CBL), Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI), DDR Corp (NYSE:DDR), and Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE:TCO). This group of stocks are in the reit – retail industry and their market caps are similar to REG’s market cap.