Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Horizon Global Corp (NYSE:HZN) from the perspective of those elite funds.
Horizon Global Corp (NYSE:HZN) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest lately, as a net total of 6 hedge funds added the stock to their portfolios in Q3. 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 Farmers Capital Bank Corp (NASDAQ:FFKT), MCBC Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MCFT), and Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:RIGL) to gather more data points.
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How are hedge funds trading Horizon Global Corp (NYSE:HZN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 46% surge from the previous quarter, pushing the stock to its highest levels of hedge fund ownership in the last year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Spitfire Capital, managed by Julian Allen, holds the most valuable position in Horizon Global Corp (NYSE:HZN). Spitfire Capital has a $15 million position in the stock, comprising 6.7% of its 13F portfolio. On Spitfire Capital’s heels is BP Capital, managed by T Boone Pickens, which holds a $10.1 million position; the fund has 3.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish consist of Peter Schliemann’s Rutabaga Capital Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital.