The worries about the economic slowdown in China and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases triggered several waves of equity sell-offs during the third quarter. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers had to stomach substantial losses during the bloody three-month period, which might have caused some to consider fleeing the U.S. equity markets. Interestingly, smaller-cap stocks registered higher losses than large-capitalization stocks during the September quarter, suggesting that institutional investors heavily discarded seemingly riskier equities amid high uncertainty and turmoil. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index lost 11.9% in the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark declined a mere 6.4%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW).
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW) was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. CHRW has experienced an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with CHRW positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CHRW to other stocks including Autoliv Inc. (NYSE:ALV), IMS Health Holdings Inc (NYSE:IMS), and Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the new action surrounding C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW).
How are hedge funds trading C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 14% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management has the largest position in C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW), worth close to $337.7 million, accounting for 2.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holding a $125.2 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism include Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, and David Harding’s Winton Capital Management.