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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About FTI Consulting, Inc. (FCN) Anymore: What Has Them Spooked?

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It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN).

FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. 14 hedge funds that we track were long the stock on September 30. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with FCN holdings at the end of the previous 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 Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE:OAS), Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE:MAIN), and Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (ADR) (NASDAQ:SIMO) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 22% fall from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in FCN heading into this year, so hedge fund ownership is still up this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the number one position in FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN), worth close to $10.9 million. On Renaissance Technologies’ heels is Marshall Wace LLP, led by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, which holds a $7.5 million position. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. 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.

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