There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other elite funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB).
Is Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB) the right investment to pursue these days? The best stock pickers are betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund positions inched up by 7 recently. 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 Nielsen Hldg NV (NYSE:NLSN), Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT), and Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 47% surge from one quarter earlier, as hedge funds continue to pile into the stock. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Masters Capital Management, managed by Mike Masters, holds the largest position in Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB). Masters Capital Management has a $39.3 million call position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $21.5 million call position. Other peers that hold long positions contain Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Himanshu H. Shah’s Shah Capital Management, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.