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: ABM Industries, Inc. (NYSE:ABM).
Is ABM Industries, Inc. (NYSE:ABM) undervalued? Money managers are in a bearish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings were cut by 2 in recent months. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with ABM holdings at the end of the 2016 third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ABM to other stocks including Entegris Inc (NASDAQ:ENTG), Platform Specialty Products Corp (NYSE:PAH), and Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s analyze the key action surrounding ABM Industries, Inc. (NYSE:ABM).
What does the smart money think about ABM Industries, Inc. (NYSE:ABM)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 13% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ABM over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out 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, Mariko Gordon’s Daruma Asset Management has the biggest position in ABM Industries, Inc. (NYSE:ABM), worth close to $47.1 million, comprising 2.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $30.5 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that hold long positions encompass Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.