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Is HCP, Inc. (HCP) A Good Stock To Buy?

Abigail Fisher

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HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. Our calculations also showed that HCP isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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[caption id="attachment_735677" align="aligncenter" width="473"] Sander Gerber of Hudson Bay Capital[/caption]

Sander Gerber of Hudson Bay Capital

Let's view the fresh hedge fund action encompassing HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP).

What have hedge funds been doing with HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP)?

At Q1's end, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -7% from the fourth quarter of 2018. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HCP over the last 15 quarters. So, let's review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Among these funds, Zimmer Partners held the most valuable stake in HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP), which was worth $194.8 million at the end of the first quarter. On the second spot was AEW Capital Management which amassed $152.5 million worth of shares. Moreover, Citadel Investment Group, D E Shaw, and Hudson Bay Capital Management were also bullish on HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Seeing as HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) has witnessed a decline in interest from the smart money, it's safe to say that there is a sect of hedge funds who sold off their full holdings last quarter. Interestingly, Jasjit Rekhi's Sanoor Capital cut the biggest stake of the "upper crust" of funds followed by Insider Monkey, comprising about $7.7 million in stock. Richard Driehaus's fund, Driehaus Capital, also said goodbye to its stock, about $7.2 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds last quarter.

Let's now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP). We will take a look at Loews Corporation (NYSE:L), Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:CGC), ResMed Inc. (NYSE:RMD), and DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH). All of these stocks' market caps are similar to HCP's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position L,20,235814,-1 CGC,6,72973,1 RMD,18,147376,-4 DISH,27,1305780,-10 Average,17.75,440486,-3.5 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 17.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $440 million. That figure was $661 million in HCP's case. DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:CGC) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on HCP, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 1.5% during the same time frame and outperformed the market as well.

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

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