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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About American Capital Ltd. (ACAS) Anymore

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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: American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACAS).

Is American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACAS) a safe investment now? The best stock pickers are getting less bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets retreated by 6 lately. 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 Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC), Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM), and Rice Energy Inc (NYSE:RICE) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACAS)

At Q3’s end, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 18% from one quarter earlier, after relatively flat sentiment for two quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Paul Singer’s Elliott Management has the most valuable position in American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACAS), worth close to $211 million, amounting to 1.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Alpine Associates, led by Robert Emil Zoellner, holding a $77.6 million position; the fund has 2.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism consist of John Paulson’s Paulson & Co, Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital and Anthony Bozza’s Lakewood Capital Management.

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