Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (RPT): Insiders Are Dumping, Should You? – Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT), Saul Centers Inc (BFS)

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months.

Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT)

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action encompassing Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT).

Hedge fund activity in Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT)

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 29% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management had the most valuable position in Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT), worth close to $11.7 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jeffrey Furber of AEW Capital Management, with a $9.2 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

As one would reasonably expect, some big names have been driving this bullishness. McKinley Capital Management, managed by Robert B. Gillam, established the most outsized position in Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT). McKinley Capital Management had 0.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also initiated a $0.2 million position during the quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time frame, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT). These stocks are Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC), Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT), Saul Centers Inc (NYSE:BFS), Inland Real Estate Corporation (NYSE:IRC), and Pennsylvania R.E.I.T. (NYSE:PEI). This group of stocks are the members of the reit – retail industry and their market caps resemble RPT’s market cap.