Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FICO).
Is Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FICO) an attractive stock to buy now? Money managers are getting more bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets rose by 9 recently. FICO was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with FICO holdings at the end of the June quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FICO to other stocks including Woodward Inc (NASDAQ:WWD), BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), and Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ICPT) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FICO)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a surge of 53% from one quarter earlier, pushing hedge fund ownership to a yearly high. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FICO). According to regulatory filings, the fund has an $89 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Scopia Capital, led by Matt Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich, holding an $88.5 million position; the fund has 1.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism contain John W. Rogers’ Ariel Investments, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and David Stemerman’s Conatus Capital Management.