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Do Hedge Funds Love Seagate Technology PLC (STX)?

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We started seeing tectonic shifts in the market during the third quarter. Small-cap stocks underperformed the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points between the end of June 2015 and the end of June 2016. A mean reversion in trends bumped small-cap stocks’ return to almost 9% in Q3, outperforming their large-cap peers by 5 percentage points. The momentum in small-cap space hasn’t subsided during this quarter either. Small-cap stocks beat large-cap stocks by another 5 percentage points during the first 7 weeks of this quarter. Hedge funds and institutional investors tracked by Insider Monkey usually invest a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks. We have been receiving indications that hedge funds were boosting their overall exposure and this is one of the factors behind the recent movements in major indices. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedge fund sentiment towards Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX).

Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. STX was in 33 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with STX positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare STX to other stocks including AngloGold Ashanti Limited (ADR) (NYSE:AU), Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP), and Antero Resources Corp (NYSE:AR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to go over the key action encompassing Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX).

What does the smart money think about Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a jump of 43% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, holds the biggest position in Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX). The fund reportedly has a $426.7 million position in the stock, comprising 2.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by ValueAct Capital, led by Jeffrey Ubben, holding a $367.7 million stake; the fund has 3.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Jason Karp’s Tourbillon Capital Partners.

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