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 Diamond Resorts International Inc (NYSE:DRII).
Diamond Resorts International Inc has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. DRII was in 32 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with DRII positions 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 Marcus & Millichap Inc (NYSE:MMI), Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (NYSE:EEQ), and Rexnord Corp (NYSE:RXN) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to review the recent action regarding Diamond Resorts International Inc (NYSE:DRII).
What have hedge funds been doing with Diamond Resorts International Inc (NYSE:DRII)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an increase of 19% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Pentwater Capital Management, managed by Matthew Halbower, holds the biggest position in Diamond Resorts International Inc (NYSE:DRII). The fund has a $62.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds a $41.9 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism include Wilmot B. Harkey and Daniel Mack’s Nantahala Capital Management, Stephen Loukas, David A. Lorber, Zachary George’s FrontFour Capital Group and Curtis Schenker and Craig Effron’s Scoggin.