Before we spend many hours researching a company, we’d like to analyze what hedge funds and billionaire investors think of the stock first. We would like to do so because the elite investors’ consensus returns have been exceptional. The top 30 S&P 500 stocks among hedge funds at the end of September 2014 yielded an average return of 9.5% during the last 12 months ending in October 30. Sixty three percent of these 30 stocks outperformed the market. Although the elite funds occasionally have their duds, such as Micron and Anadarko Petroleum, which fell 50% and 26%, respectively, during the same time period, the hedge fund picks seem to work on average. In the following paragraphs, we find out what the billionaire investors and hedge funds think of Bridgepoint Education Inc (NYSE:BPI).
Bridgepoint Education’s stock has plunged by nearly 34% since the beginning of 2015 and investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. BPI was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with BPI holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare BPI to other stocks, including LinnCo LLC (NASDAQ:LNCO), Pfenex Inc (NYSEMKT:PFNX), and Kimball Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:KE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to analyze the recent action surrounding Bridgepoint Education Inc (NYSE:BPI).
Hedge fund activity in Bridgepoint Education Inc (NYSE:BPI)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -27% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Wilmot B. Harkey and Daniel Mack’s Nantahala Capital Management has the largest position in Bridgepoint Education Inc (NYSE:BPI), worth close to $14.6 million, corresponding to 2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Nathaniel August’s Mangrove Partners, with a $13.2 million position; the fund has 3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Peter Muller’s PDT Partners.