It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 5.2% over the 12-month period ending October 30, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored S&P 500 stocks by the hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey (as of September 2014) generated a return of 9.5% over the same time span, with 63% of these stocks outperforming the benchmark. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS).
Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. FSS has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with FSS 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 Teladoc Inc (NYSE:TDOC), Pretium Resources Inc (NYSE:PVG), and FTD Companies Inc (NASDAQ:FTD) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the new action encompassing Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS).
Hedge fund activity in Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 11% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS). The fund reportedly holds an $87.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holding a $12.3 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that hold long positions contain Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.