We know that hedge funds generate strong risk-adjusted returns over the long run, therefore imitating the picks that they are collectively bullish on can be a profitable strategy for retail investors. With billions of dollars in assets, smart money investors have to conduct complex analyses, spend many resources and use tools that are not always available for the general crowd. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have occasional colossal losses; they do (like Ackman’s recent Valeant losses). However, it is still good idea to keep an eye on hedge fund activity. With this in mind, as the current round of 13F filings has just ended, let’s examine the smart money sentiment towards Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP).
Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers lately. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with ROP holdings at the end of the last 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 ArcelorMittal (ADR) (NYSE:MT), Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), and NetEase, Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:NTES) to gather more data points.
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What does the smart money think about Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a decline of 40% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ROP over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Charles Akre’s Akre Capital Management holds the most valuable position in Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) which has a $284.8 million position in the stock, comprising 5.5% of its 13F portfolio. On Akre Capital Management’s heels is Ian Simm of Impax Asset Management, with a $58.5 million position; 2.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management and Ben Gambill’s Tiger Eye Capital. We should note that Impax Asset Management 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.