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 successful funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Altra Industrial Motion Corp (NASDAQ:AIMC) .
Is Altra Industrial Motion Corp (NASDAQ:AIMC) undervalued? Investors who are in the know are taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings inched up by 5 lately. AIMCwas in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with AIMC 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 Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX), Penn West Petroleum Ltd (USA) (NYSE:PWE), and Fortress Transprtn and Infr Investrs LLC (NYSE:FTAI) to gather more data points.
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What does the smart money think about Altra Industrial Motion Corp (NASDAQ:AIMC)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a rise of 38% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 6 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in AIMC heading into this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Spitfire Capital, led by Julian Allen, holds the biggest position in Altra Industrial Motion Corp (NASDAQ:AIMC). Spitfire Capital has a $10.1 million position in the stock, comprising 4.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, with a $6.2 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Paul Hondros’ AlphaOne Capital Partners and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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.