Is Sun Communities Inc (SUI) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI)Is Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI) a cheap stock to buy now? Prominent investors are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund bets inched up by 2 recently.

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Consequently, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action surrounding Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI).

How are hedge funds trading Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 40% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management had the biggest position in Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI), worth close to $20.8 million, accounting for 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $9.9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers have jumped into Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI) headfirst. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, initiated the largest position in Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI). Millennium Management had 2.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management also made a $1.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter.

How have insiders been trading Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI). These stocks are Post Properties Inc (NYSE:PPS), ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR), CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS), PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT), and Colonial Properties Trust Inc (NYSE:CLP). This group of stocks are the members of the reit – residential industry and their market caps resemble SUI’s market cap.

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