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Is FMC Corp (FMC) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility and underperformance. The time period between the end of June 2015 and the end of June 2016 was one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have been underperforming the large-cap indices. However, things have dramatically changed over the last 5 months. Small-cap stocks reversed their misfortune and beat the large cap indices by almost 11 percentage points since the end of June. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC).

FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. At the end of this article we will also compare FMC to other stocks including Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDA), Spirit Realty Capital Inc (NYSE:SRC), and Companhia de Saneamento Basico (ADR) (NYSE:SBS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action surrounding FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC).

How are hedge funds trading FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -24% from the second quarter of 2016. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Glenview Capital, managed by Larry Robbins, holds the biggest position in FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC). Glenview Capital has a $503.5 million position in the stock, comprising 3.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is OZ Management, led by Daniel S. Och, holding a $146.1 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions encompass David Fear’s Thunderbird Partners, Jeffrey Bronchick’s Cove Street Capital and Craig C. Albert’s Sheffield Asset Management.

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