We started seeing tectonic shifts in the market during the third quarter. Small-cap stocks underperformed the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points between the end of June 2015 and the end of June 2016. A mean reversion in trends bumped small-cap stocks’ return to almost 9% in Q3, outperforming their large-cap peers by 5 percentage points. The momentum in small-cap space hasn’t subsided during this quarter either. Small-cap stocks beat large-cap stocks by another 4 percentage points during the first 7 weeks of this quarter. Hedge funds and institutional investors tracked by Insider Monkey usually invest a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks. We have been receiving indications that hedge funds were boosting their overall exposure and this is one of the factors behind the recent movements in major indices. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedge fund sentiment towards Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. It is actually the most popular stock among hedge funds. At the end of this article we will also compare AMZN to other stocks including Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), and General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s check out the fresh action regarding Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).
What does the smart money think about Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 150 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 3% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Viking Global, managed by Andreas Halvorsen, holds the most valuable position in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Viking Global has a $2.45 billion position in the stock, comprising 10.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, holding a $1.67 billion position; the fund has 2.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions comprise Lansdowne Partners, Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management and Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management LLC.