You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.
In this article, we are going to take a close look at the latest hedge fund activity surrounding First Interstate Bancsystem Inc (NASDAQ:FIBK). Among the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, the company registered an increase in popularity and saw seven funds long its stock at the end of September. 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 Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE:RH), The Navigators Group, Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG), and Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the recent action regarding First Interstate Bancsystem Inc (NASDAQ:FIBK).
What have hedge funds been doing with First Interstate Bancsystem Inc (NASDAQ:FIBK)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of seven of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, compared to five funds a quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in FIBK over the last five quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies which is one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the biggest position in First Interstate Bancsystem Inc (NASDAQ:FIBK), worth close to $15.2 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management holding a $12.8 million position. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism contain John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and George Hall’s Clinton 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.