Should You Avoid Empire State Realty Trust Inc (ESRT)?

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Before we spend many hours researching a company, we’d like to analyze what hedge funds and billionaire investors think of the stock first. We would like to do so because the successful investors’ consensus returns have been exceptional. The top 30 mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds in our database yielded an average return of 18% during the last 12 months, outperforming the S&P 500 Index funds by double digits. Although the successful funds occasionally have their duds, such as SunEdison and Valeant, the hedge fund picks seem to work on average. In the following paragraphs, we find out what the billionaire investors and hedge funds think of Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT) .

Is Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT) undervalued? Money managers are altogether actually taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings fell by 3 lately. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with ESRT holdings at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare ESRT to other stocks including Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY), Commscope Holding Company Inc (NASDAQ:COMM), and Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE:BURL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s review the fresh action encompassing Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT).

How have hedgies been trading Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -21% from the second quarter of 2016. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the most valuable position in Empire State Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ESRT), worth close to $87.1 million, corresponding to 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AEW Capital Management, which holds a $66.5 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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