The worries about the economic slowdown in China and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases triggered several waves of equity sell-offs during the third quarter. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers had to stomach substantial losses during the bloody three-month period, which might have caused some to consider fleeing the U.S. equity markets. Interestingly, smaller-cap stocks registered higher losses than large-capitalization stocks during the September quarter, suggesting that institutional investors heavily discarded seemingly riskier equities amid high uncertainty and turmoil. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index lost 11.9% in the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark declined a mere 6.4%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD).
Is General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) a worthy investment right now? Prominent investors are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund bets rose by 3 in recent months. At the end of this article, we will also compare General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) to other stocks, including NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE), Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE:INFY), and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s review the key action regarding General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD).
Hedge fund activity in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD)
Heading into Q4, a total of 43 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an increase of 8% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, James A. Star’s Longview Asset Management has the most valuable position in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD), worth close to $4.60 billion, accounting for 98.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $335 million position; the fund has 0.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions include D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.