Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.
Lifelock Inc (NYSE:LOCK) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. LOCK was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with LOCK positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare LOCK to other stocks including HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY), Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE), and Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSM) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the key action encompassing Lifelock Inc (NYSE:LOCK).
How are hedge funds trading Lifelock Inc (NYSE:LOCK)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up 18% from the second quarter of 2016. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Paul Singer’s Elliott Management has the biggest position in Lifelock Inc (NYSE:LOCK), worth close to $131.1 million, corresponding to 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Nokota Management, run by Matthew Knauer and Mina Faltas, which holds a $53.5 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism consist of Eric Chen’s Antipodean Advisors, Seymour Sy Kaufman and Michael Stark’s Crosslink Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.