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Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. WSR was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with WSR holdings 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 NanoString Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:NSTG), DICE HOLDINGS, INC. (NYSE:DHX), and Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to check out the recent action regarding Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR).
What does the smart money think about Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down 13% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 6 hedge funds with a bullish position in WSR at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, has the biggest position in Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR), worth close to $6.5 million, corresponding to less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $1.6 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that hold long positions comprise John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management 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.