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 elite funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP).
Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. STMP was in 31 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with STMP positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:SWHC), Halyard Health Inc (NYSE:HYH), and HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) to gather more data points.
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How are hedge funds trading Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 31 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a rise of 15% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Park West Asset Management, managed by Peter S. Park, holds the number one position in Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP). Park West Asset Management has a $45.4 million position in the stock, comprising 4.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which holds a $44.5 million position. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Josh Resnick’s Jericho Capital Asset Management, Principal Global Investors’ Columbus Circle Investors and Matthew A. Weatherbie’s Weatherbie Capital.