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.
CSW Industrials Inc (NASDAQ:CSWI) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers recently. CSWI was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with CSWI 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 Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE:ANW), Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR), and GenMark Diagnostics, Inc (NASDAQ:GNMK) to gather more data points.
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What have hedge funds been doing with CSW Industrials Inc (NASDAQ:CSWI)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 13% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 13 hedge funds with a bullish position in CSWI at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Noah Levy and Eugene Dozortsev of Newtyn Management holds the biggest position in CSW Industrials Inc (NASDAQ:CSWI). Newtyn Management has a $25.4 million position in the stock, comprising 6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Michael M. Rothenberg of Moab Capital Partners which holds a $16.8 million position; 5.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which is one of the largest hedge funds in the world. We should note that Moab Capital Partners is 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.