As we already know from media reports and hedge fund investor letters, many hedge funds lost money in the third quarter, blaming macroeconomic conditions and unpredictable events that hit several sectors, with healthcare among them. Nevertheless, most investors decided to stick to their bullish theses and their long-term focus allows us to profit from the recent declines. In particular, let’s take a look at what hedge funds think about Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (NYSE:BFAM) in this article.
In the first nine months of 2015, Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (NYSE:BFAM)’s stock advanced by 36%. This made investors more optimistic and the number of long hedge fund bets inched up by 4 during the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare BFAM to other stocks, including Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV), West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE:WST), and STERIS plc (NYSE:STE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s view the fresh action surrounding Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (NYSE:BFAM).
What does the smart money think about Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (NYSE:BFAM)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 36% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Alan Fournier’s Pennant Capital Management has the largest position in Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (NYSE:BFAM), worth close to $118.6 million, amounting to 2.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is John Ku’s Manor Road Capital Partners, with a $35.7 million position; 7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Leighton Welch’s Welch Capital Partners, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.