Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.
One stock that registered an increase in popularity during the third quarter is Heritage Insurance Holdings Inc (NYSE:HRTG). Overall, the number of funds from our database long the stock inched up by one. At the end of this article we will also compare HRTG to other stocks including Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ:GOOD), Mercantile Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:MBWM), and Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp (NYSE:WMC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action regarding Heritage Insurance Holdings Inc (NYSE:HRTG).
What have hedge funds been doing with Heritage Insurance Holdings Inc (NYSE:HRTG)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 7% over the quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in HRTG over the last five quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital has the number one position in Heritage Insurance Holdings Inc (NYSE:HRTG), worth close to $10.4 million. Coming in second is Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management holding a $6.6 million position. Remaining peers with similar optimism contain Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.