At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.
Skechers USA Inc (NYSE:SKX) has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months, with 10 fewer hedge funds owning shares on September 30 as did on March 31. 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 MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE:MDU), Energen Corporation (NYSE:EGN), and ABIOMED, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABMD) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in Skechers USA Inc (NYSE:SKX)
At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 19% from the previous quarter. Ownership of the stock among top hedge funds has fallen steeply throughout much of the last year. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, OZ Management, managed by Daniel S. Och, holds the largest position in Skechers USA Inc (NYSE:SKX). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $68.2 million position in the stock. On OZ Management’s heels is AQR Capital Management, run by Cliff Asness, which holds a $41.7 million position. Some other professional money managers that are bullish include Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, David Keidan’s Buckingham Capital Management, and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies.