The third quarter was a rough one for most investors, as fears of an interest rate hike in the U.S, a weakening economy in China, and a stagnant Europe, weighed heavily on the minds of investors. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 sank as a result, with the Russell 2000, which is composed of smaller companies, being hit especially hard. This was primarily due to hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, pulling some of their capital out of the volatile markets during this time. Let’s look at how this market volatility affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards Moog Inc (NYSE:MOG-A), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
Is Moog Inc (NYSE:MOG-A) a buy, sell, or hold? The smart money is turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets inched up by 3 lately. At the end of this article we will also compare MOG to other stocks including TerraForm Power Inc (NASDAQ:TERP), Cabot Corp (NYSE:CBT), and Belden Inc. (NYSE:BDC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action encompassing Moog Inc (NYSE:MOG-A).
What does the smart money think about Moog Inc (NYSE:MOG-A)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 21% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Gotham Asset Management, managed by Joel Greenblatt, holds the largest position in Moog Inc (NYSE:MOG-A). Gotham Asset Management has a $20.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $12.4 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and D E Shaw.