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 Kimball Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:KE) .
Kimball Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:KE) shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. KE was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with KE positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare KE to other stocks including Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCRN), Cowen Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:COWN), and Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBNK) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s view the latest action encompassing Kimball Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:KE).
What does the smart money think about Kimball Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:KE)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a growth of 13% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 8 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in KE heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s institutional investor database, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Kimball Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:KE). Royce & Associates has a $7.5 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Hawk Ridge Management, led by David Brown, holding a $4.2 million position; the fund has 2.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish include Renaissance Technologies, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. 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.