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How Quanta Services Inc (PWR) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility and underperformance. The time period between the end of June 2015 and the end of June 2016 was one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have been underperforming the large-cap indices. However, things have dramatically changed over the last 5 months. Small-cap stocks reversed their misfortune and beat the large cap indices by almost 11 percentage points since the end of June. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR) .

Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR) was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. PWR shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. There were 30 hedge funds in our database with PWR 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 Seaboard Corporation (NYSEAMEX:SEB), Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:VR), and Genesee & Wyoming Inc (NYSE:GWR) to gather more data points.

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How are hedge funds trading Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 27% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 23 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in PWR heading into this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holds the number one position in Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR). AQR Capital Management has a $92.8 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Point72 Asset Management, led by Steve Cohen, holding a $47.4 million position. Some other peers that hold long positions comprise Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management and Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group. We should note that SG Capital 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.

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