Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:MPEL) .
Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:MPEL) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare MPEL to other stocks including BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE:BXS), SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR), and Knight Transportation (NYSE:KNX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:MPEL)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 13 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in MPEL heading into this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Lei Zhang’s Hillhouse Capital Management has the largest position in Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:MPEL), worth close to $125.3 million, accounting for 2.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Southeastern Asset Management, led by Mason Hawkins, holding a $119.6 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise Brett Barakett’s Tremblant Capital, Hari Hariharan’s NWI Management and Brett Barakett’s Tremblant Capital. We should note that Southeastern Asset Management is 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.