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Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT)

Abigail Fisher

With the first-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the second quarter. One of these stocks was Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT).

Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) was in 23 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of June. FRT investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with FRT holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that FRT isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (view 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

In the eyes of most shareholders, hedge funds are perceived as worthless, old financial vehicles of yesteryear. While there are greater than 8000 funds trading at the moment, We hone in on the aristocrats of this group, about 750 funds. It is estimated that this group of investors oversee the majority of all hedge funds' total capital, and by watching their best picks, Insider Monkey has revealed several investment strategies that have historically outperformed the broader indices. Insider Monkey's flagship hedge fund strategy exceeded the S&P 500 index by around 5 percentage points per annum since its inception in May 2014. We were able to generate large returns even by identifying short candidates. Our portfolio of short stocks lost 25.7% since February 2017 (through September 30th) even though the market was up more than 33% during the same period. We just shared a list of 10 short targets in our latest quarterly update .

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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. Let's take a gander at the key hedge fund action regarding Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT).

What does smart money think about Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT)?

At Q2's end, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 35% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 20 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in FRT a year ago. So, let's see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Clint Carlson, Carlson Capital

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jeffrey Furber's AEW Capital Management has the most valuable position in Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT), worth close to $68.2 million, amounting to 2.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Carlson Capital, led by Clint Carlson, holding a $43.1 million position; 0.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Renaissance Technologies, Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander's Millennium Management.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Stevens Capital Management, managed by Matthew Tewksbury, initiated the biggest position in Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT). Stevens Capital Management had $6.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Daniel Johnson's Gillson Capital also initiated a $1.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Dmitry Balyasny's Balyasny Asset Management, Greg Poole's Echo Street Capital Management, and Ray Dalio's Bridgewater Associates.

Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT). We will take a look at The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS), DaVita Inc (NYSE:DVA), NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG), and RingCentral Inc (NYSE:RNG). All of these stocks' market caps match FRT's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position MOS,28,973892,-1 DVA,36,3435086,0 NRG,42,1548220,2 RNG,45,1321409,2 Average,37.75,1819652,0.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 37.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1820 million. That figure was $223 million in FRT's case. RingCentral Inc (NYSE:RNG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) is the least popular one with only 28 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) is even less popular than MOS. Hedge funds clearly dropped the ball on FRT as the stock delivered strong returns, though hedge funds' consensus picks still generated respectable returns. 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. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on FRT as the stock returned 6.6% during the third quarter and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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

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