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Hedge Funds Are Cashing Out Of Global Medical REIT Inc. (GMRE)

Asma UL Husna

How do we determine whether Global Medical REIT Inc. (NYSE:GMRE) makes for a good investment at the moment? We analyze the sentiment of a select group of the very best investors in the world, who spend immense amounts of time and resources studying companies. They may not always be right (no one is), but data shows that their consensus long positions have historically outperformed the market when we adjust for known risk factors.

Is Global Medical REIT Inc. (NYSE:GMRE) a buy, sell, or hold? Prominent investors are getting less optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund positions were trimmed by 3 lately. Our calculations also showed that GMRE isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (see the video below). Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

5 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' small-cap stock picks managed to beat the market by double digits annually between 1999 and 2016, but the margin of outperformance has been declining in recent years. Nevertheless, we were still able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the market by 40 percentage points since May 2014 through May 30, 2019 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that underperformed the market by 10 percentage points annually between 2006 and 2017. Interestingly the margin of underperformance of these stocks has been increasing in recent years. Investors who are long the market and short these stocks would have returned more than 27% annually between 2015 and 2017. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 in our quarterly newsletter.

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Unlike other investors who track every movement of the 25 largest hedge funds, our long-short investment strategy relies on hedge fund buy/sell signals given by the 100 best performing hedge funds. Let's go over the fresh hedge fund action surrounding Global Medical REIT Inc. (NYSE:GMRE).

How have hedgies been trading Global Medical REIT Inc. (NYSE:GMRE)?

At Q2's end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -19% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards GMRE over the last 16 quarters. So, let's find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey's hedge fund database, Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, holds the number one position in Global Medical REIT Inc. (NYSE:GMRE). Marshall Wace LLP has a $5.5 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $3.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions consist of Renaissance Technologies, John Overdeck and David Siegel's Two Sigma Advisors and David M. Knott's Dorset Management.

Seeing as Global Medical REIT Inc. (NYSE:GMRE) has witnessed declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it's safe to say that there were a few hedge funds that elected to cut their entire stakes by the end of the second quarter. Interestingly, Anand Parekh's Alyeska Investment Group sold off the largest stake of the "upper crust" of funds watched by Insider Monkey, worth an estimated $5.3 million in stock, and Clint Carlson's Carlson Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $3.9 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds by the end of the second quarter.

Let's now review hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Global Medical REIT Inc. (NYSE:GMRE) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH), Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL), Purple Innovation, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPL), and Scorpio Bulkers Inc (NYSE:SALT). This group of stocks' market values match GMRE's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position ANH,14,30523,5 STRL,14,45091,-1 PRPL,3,41911,-1 SALT,10,18316,3 Average,10.25,33960,1.5 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 10.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $34 million. That figure was $17 million in GMRE's case. Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Purple Innovation, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPL) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Global Medical REIT Inc. (NYSE:GMRE) 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 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on GMRE as the stock returned 10.5% during the third quarter and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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

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