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BWX Technologies Inc (NYSE:BWXT) investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. BWX Technologies Inc (NYSE:BWXT) was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with BWX Technologies Inc (NYSE:BWXT) 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 Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ:JACK), Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited (NYSE:AHL), and Telecom Argentina SA (ADR) (NYSE:TEO) to gather more data points.
According to most traders, hedge funds are seen as worthless, old financial vehicles of yesteryear. While there are greater than 8000 funds with their doors open at present, our researchers hone in on the upper echelon of this club, around 700 funds. Most estimates calculate that this group of people shepherd most of the hedge fund industry’s total capital, and by tailing their matchless investments, Insider Monkey has determined a few investment strategies that have historically outstripped the S&P 500 index. Insider Monkey’s small-cap hedge fund strategy outstripped the S&P 500 index by 12 percentage points per annum for a decade in their back tests.
With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the latest action regarding BWX Technologies Inc (NYSE:BWXT).
How are hedge funds trading BWX Technologies Inc (NYSE:BWXT)?
At the end of Q3, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long in this stock, an increase 86% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Clifton S. Robbins’ Blue Harbour Group has the largest position in BWX Technologies Inc (NYSE:BWXT), worth close to $278.4 million, corresponding to 8.7% of its total 13F portfolio. On Blue Harbour Group’s heels is Cardinal Capital, led by Amy Minella, holding a $51.5 million position; 3.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions include Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, D E Shaw and Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital.