Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI).
Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI) has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. RHI was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 26 hedge funds in our database with RHI positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RHI to other stocks including Edgewell Personal Care Company (NYSE:EPC), Godaddy Inc (NYSE:GDDY), and Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How are hedge funds trading Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a fall of 19% from the second quarter of 2016. There has been a 25% reduction in hedge funds long the stock over the last year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, holds the most valuable position in Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI). AQR Capital Management has a $105.1 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $55.2 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies.