Were Hedge Funds Right About Souring On Regency Centers Corp (REG)?

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In these volatile markets we scrutinize hedge fund filings to get a reading on which direction each stock might be going. The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. Insider Monkey finished processing 835 13F filings submitted by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds’ portfolio positions as of December 31st, 2019. 0

Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG) was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of December. REG investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with REG holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that REG isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q4 rankings and see the video below for Q3 rankings).

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What does smart money think about Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -6% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in REG over the last 18 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Is REG A Good Stock To Buy?

The largest stake in Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $72.4 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by D E Shaw with a $38.6 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Adage Capital Management, Hill Winds Capital, and AQR Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Hill Winds Capital allocated the biggest weight to Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG), around 4.59% of its 13F portfolio. AlphaCrest Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.11 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to REG.

Because Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG) has faced falling interest from the smart money, logic holds that there exists a select few hedgies that decided to sell off their full holdings last quarter. At the top of the heap, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group cut the biggest position of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, worth an estimated $5.1 million in stock. David Harding’s fund, Winton Capital Management, also cut its stock, about $2.8 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds last quarter.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG). These stocks are PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM), Bausch Health Companies (NYSE:BHC), Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB), and Pinterest, Inc. (NYSE:PINS). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble REG’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
PHM 34 733761 3
BHC 31 2822011 -2
WB 11 355355 -4
PINS 37 513512 4
Average 28.25 1106160 0.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 28.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1106 million. That figure was $139 million in REG’s case. Pinterest, Inc. (NYSE:PINS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks lost 22.3% in 2020 through March 16th but beat the market by 3.2 percentage points. Unfortunately REG wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); REG investors were disappointed as the stock returned -28.1% during the same time period and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in Q1.

5 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds
Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.