It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in Bats Global Markets Inc (BATS:BATS) .
The hedge fund sentiment towards Bats Global Markets Inc (BATS:BATS) remained flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator, although the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN), Associated Banc Corp (NYSE:ASB), and Valero Energy Partners LP (NYSE:VLP) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the recent action surrounding Bats Global Markets Inc (BATS:BATS).
What does the smart money think about Bats Global Markets Inc (BATS:BATS)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Bats Global Markets unchanged over the quarter. The graph below shows the change in the number of funds long the stock over the last five quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital has the biggest position in Bats Global Markets Inc (BATS:BATS), worth close to $26.3 million, accounting for 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Tiger Legatus Capital, led by Jesse Ro, which disclosed a $20 million position; 6.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Gregg Moskowitz’s Interval Partners, and Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.