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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Kite Realty Group Trust (KRG)

Nina Todic

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. We have processed the filings of the more than 700 world-class investment firms that we track and now have access to the collective wisdom contained in these filings, which are based on their September 30 holdings, data that is available nowhere else. Should you consider Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG) for your portfolio? We'll look to this invaluable collective wisdom for the answer.

Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG) has experienced an increase in support from the world's most elite money managers in recent months. KRG was in 13 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with KRG positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that krg isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

Hedge funds' reputation as shrewd investors has been tarnished in the last decade as their hedged returns couldn't keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. Our research has shown that hedge funds' large-cap stock picks indeed failed to beat the market between 1999 and 2016. However, we were able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the market by 18 percentage points since May 2014 through December 3, 2018 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that'll significantly underperform the market. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 and they lost 24% through December 3, 2018. That's why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.

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We're going to analyze the latest hedge fund action encompassing Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG).

How have hedgies been trading Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 8% from the second quarter of 2018. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards KRG over the last 13 quarters. With hedgies' capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with KRG Positions

More specifically, Renaissance Technologies was the largest shareholder of Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG), with a stake worth $13.5 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Renaissance Technologies was GLG Partners, which amassed a stake valued at $7.5 million. Millennium Management, Citadel Investment Group, and Royce & Associates were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

As industrywide interest jumped, some big names were leading the bulls' herd. Arrowstreet Capital, managed by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, created the biggest position in Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG). Arrowstreet Capital had $1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jeffrey Pierce's Snow Park Capital Partners also initiated a $0.5 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new KRG position is Paul Tudor Jones's Tudor Investment Corp.

Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG). These stocks are The Liberty Braves Group (NASDAQ:BATRK), TriMas Corp (NASDAQ:TRS), The Liberty Braves Group (NASDAQ:BATRA), and American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD). This group of stocks' market valuations are similar to KRG's market valuation.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position BATRK,26,405822,3 TRS,16,142267,1 BATRA,8,68522,-1 AMWD,17,55957,8 Average,16.75,168142,2.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $168 million. That figure was $33 million in KRG's case. The Liberty Braves Group (NASDAQ:BATRK) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand The Liberty Braves Group (NASDAQ:BATRA) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG) 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. In this regard BATRK might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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