Looking for high-potential stocks? Just follow the big players within the hedge fund industry. Why should you do so? Let’s take a brief look at what statistics have to say about hedge funds’ stock picking abilities to illustrate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned approximately 7.6% in the 12 months ending November 21, with more than 51% of the stocks in the index failing to beat the benchmark. Therefore, the odds that one will pin down a winner by randomly picking a stock are less than the odds in a fair coin-tossing game. Conversely, best performing hedge funds’ 30 preferred mid-cap stocks generated a return of 18% during the same 12-month period. Coincidence? It might happen to be so, but it is unlikely. Our research covering a 17-year period indicates that hedge funds’ stock picks generate superior risk-adjusted returns. That’s why we believe it is wise to check hedge fund activity before you invest your time or your savings on a stock like Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR).
Is Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR) undervalued? Prominent investors are turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions rose by 1 lately. COHR was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with COHR positions 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 AMAYA INC (NASDAQ:AYA), Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG), and Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR)
At Q3’s end, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 5% increase from the previous quarter. Hedge fund ownership has not dipped in any of the last four quarters, while rising by over 33% overall. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the biggest position in Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR), worth close to $55.4 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Principal Global Investors, which holds a $21.7 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism include Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Charles Paquelet’s Skylands Capital.