Trapeze Asset Management is a Canada-based value investment fund managed by Randall Abramson and Herbert Abramson. Value investors actively seek stocks which they think are undervalued. Value investment tends to focus more on the long-term fundamental and actual worth of companies instead of volatility based on market overreactions amid good or bad news around stocks. In its third-quarter letter to the investors, Trapeze Asset Management called the post-election rally in the markets as the “most bizarre” occurrence in the finance world. The fund thinks that the prime mover of this unprecedented rally is rising interest rates. Rate hikes are helping banks and financial institutions according to the hedge fund, but they are not “necessarily” good for the overall economy. Trapeze expects more rate hikes from the Federal Reserve in the near future.
Trapeze Asset Management’s strategy involves buying positions in small and large cap companies and selling them when they rise close to their respective Fair Market Value (FMV). Let’s take look at some of the important stocks which were sold by the fund in the third quarter as they reached their FMVs.
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Trapeze said that it sold its stake in the search giant Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) because it surpassed its TRAC ceiling or Fair Market Value. TRAC is a framework designed by Trapeze Asset Management to track changing sentiment for stocks and overall markets. TRAC uses operating assets and liabilities to gauge the real value, or Economic Capital, of a stock. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s shares have gained over 4.78% year-to-date. Among the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Natixis Global Asset Management’s Harris Associates is one of the biggest stakeholders in Alphabet with over 2.36 million shares of the company, as of the end of the third quarter. Last month, investment firm Baird reiterated an ‘Outperform’ rating for Alphabet’s stock after the company announced the creation of new Cloud Machine Learning (ML) & Artificial Intelligence to target Enterprise.
The Canadian hedge fund also sold all of its shares of HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) after the company’s market value crossed its TRAC ceilings, in line with the fund’s fair market value (FMV) estimates for the company. At the end of the third quarter, 39 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ). HP reported fiscal fourth quarter earnings of $0.36 per share, in-line with the estimates, while revenue of $12.5 billion was above the Street’s projection of $11.88 billion. For the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the company expects GAAP diluted net EPS between $0.33 and $0.36. After the results, Jefferies downgraded the stock to ‘Hold’ from ‘Buy’.
On the next page, we will discuss some other important stocks which have reached their FMV according to Trapeze Asset Management.