The third quarter was a rough one for most investors, as fears of an interest rate hike in the U.S, a weakening economy in China, and a stagnant Europe, weighed heavily on the minds of investors. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 sank as a result, with the Russell 2000, which is composed of smaller companies, being hit especially hard. This was primarily due to hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, pulling some of their capital out of the volatile markets during this time. Let’s look at how this market volatility affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards CGI Group Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GIB), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
CGI Group Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GIB) has seen a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. 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 Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), Philippine Long Distance Telephone (ADR) (NYSE:PHI), and Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s review the latest action regarding CGI Group Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GIB).
What have hedge funds been doing with CGI Group Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GIB)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -31% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Eric Sprott’s Sprott Asset Management has the most valuable position in CGI Group Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GIB), worth close to $29.4 million, corresponding to 1.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $27.8 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish include Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.