Should You Avoid W.P. Carey Inc. REIT (WPC)?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on W.P. Carey Inc. REIT (NYSE:WPC).

Is W.P. Carey Inc. REIT (NYSE:WPC) a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are taking a bearish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions shrunk by 1 lately. WPC was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with WPC 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 Toll Brothers Inc (NYSE:TOL), Cadence Design Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CDNS), and The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ:MIDD) to gather more data points.

Follow W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC)

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the recent action surrounding W.P. Carey Inc. REIT (NYSE:WPC).

What does the smart money think about W.P. Carey Inc. REIT (NYSE:WPC)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -8% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Markel Gayner Asset Management, managed by Tom Gayner, holds the largest position in W.P. Carey Inc. REIT (NYSE:WPC). Markel Gayner Asset Management has a $54.9 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Forward Management, led by J. Alan Reid, Jr., holding a $19.4 million position; 1.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass Leighton Welch’s Welch Capital Partners, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

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