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How FirstService Corp (FSV) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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Hedge funds run by legendary names like Nelson Peltz and David Tepper make billions of dollars a year for themselves and their super-rich accredited investors (you’ve got to have a minimum of $1 million liquid to invest in a hedge fund) by spending enormous resources on analyzing and uncovering data about small-cap stocks that the big brokerage houses don’t follow. Small caps are where they can generate significant out-performance. These stocks have been on a tear since the end of June, outperforming large-cap index funds by more than 10 percentage points. That’s why we pay special attention to hedge fund activity in these stocks.

FirstService Corp (NASDAQ:FSV) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with FSV holdings 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 Fabrinet (NYSE:FN), NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM), and Northwest Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:NWBI) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s view the fresh action encompassing FirstService Corp (NASDAQ:FSV).

What have hedge funds been doing with FirstService Corp (NASDAQ:FSV)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 11% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in FSV over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Matthew A. Weatherbie of Weatherbie Capital holds the most valuable position in FirstService Corp (NASDAQ:FSV). Weatherbie Capital has a $32.8 million position in the stock, comprising 4.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holding a $27.4 million position. Other peers with similar optimism encompass Leon Lowenstein’s Lionstone Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates. 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.

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