Winthrop Realty Trust (FUR): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. FUR has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with FUR holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

Millennium Management, Catapult Capital Management

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Consequently, let’s take a gander at the latest action regarding Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR).

What have hedge funds been doing with Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -13% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

Of the funds we track, J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management had the biggest position in Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR), worth close to $9.8 million, comprising 0.7% of its total 13F portfolio. On Forward Management’s heels is Murray Stahl of Horizon Asset Management, with a $8.5 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers with similar optimism include Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital, Alex von Furstenberg and Mal Serure’s Arrow Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Seeing as Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) has experienced declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of fund managers who sold off their positions entirely in Q4. Interestingly, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management said goodbye to the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we track, totaling about $0.6 million in stock.. Ken Griffin’s fund, Citadel Investment Group, also dropped its stock, about $0.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds in Q4.

What have insiders been doing with Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR). These stocks are Excel Trust Inc (NYSE:EXL), Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance Inc (NYSE:ARI), Gramercy Capital Corp. (NYSE:GKK), One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP), and RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE:RAS). This group of stocks belong to the reit – diversified industry and their market caps resemble FUR’s market cap.

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