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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (HPP)

Nina Todic

After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from nearly 750 13F filings issued by the elite hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms' equity portfolios as of June 28. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP).

Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world's largest hedge funds recently. HPP was in 17 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of June. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with HPP positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that HPP isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Unlike some fund managers who are betting on Dow reaching 40000 in a year, our long-short investment strategy doesn't rely on bull markets to deliver double digit returns. We only rely on hedge fund buy/sell signals. We're going to go over the fresh hedge fund action surrounding Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP).

What does smart money think about Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP)?

Heading into the third quarter of 2019, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 42% from the first quarter of 2019. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HPP over the last 16 quarters. With hedgies' capital changing hands, there exists an "upper tier" of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with HPP Positions

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, John Khoury's Long Pond Capital has the number one position in Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP), worth close to $174.2 million, amounting to 5.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies which holds a $67.2 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Eduardo Abush's Waterfront Capital Partners, Dmitry Balyasny's Balyasny Asset Management and Israel Englander's Millennium Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, some big names were leading the bulls' herd. Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, created the largest position in Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP). Adage Capital Management had $2.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Minhua Zhang's Weld Capital Management also made a $1.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new HPP investors: Noam Gottesman's GLG Partners, Benjamin A. Smith's Laurion Capital Management, and Mike Vranos's Ellington.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP). These stocks are W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA), United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE:UMC), CACI International Inc (NYSE:CACI), and LendingTree, Inc (NASDAQ:TREE). This group of stocks' market caps resemble HPP's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position GRA,36,1898870,0 UMC,12,100702,-3 CACI,29,393234,16 TREE,28,142128,11 Average,26.25,633734,6 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 26.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $634 million. That figure was $320 million in HPP's case. W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE:UMC) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP) 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 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. Unfortunately HPP wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); HPP investors were disappointed as the stock returned 1.3% during the third quarter 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 (view the video below) among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in 2019. Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

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

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