Is Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX) a good stock to buy right now? We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before doing days of research on it. Given their 2 and 20 payment structure, hedge funds have more resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also have numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments. More recently the top 30 mid-cap stocks (market caps between $1 billion and $10 billion) among hedge funds delivered an average return of 18% during the last four quarters (S&P 500 Index funds returned only 7.6% during the same period).
Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX) investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers in recent months. 23 hedge funds that we track were long the stock on September 30. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with GNTX holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR), Watsco Inc (NYSE:WSO), and Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 15% rise from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in GNTX over the last 5 quarters, which plummeted through the end of Q1, but have since rebounded somewhat. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the most valuable position in Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX), worth close to $125 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, which holds a $29 million position. Some other peers that hold long positions consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.