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.
Hedge fund interest in Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare HES to other stocks including Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), Devon Energy Corp (NYSE:DVN), and Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the recent action regarding Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES).
What does the smart money think about Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Elliott Management, managed by Paul Singer, holds the largest position in Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES). The fund has a $1.01 billion position in the stock, comprising 8.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Levin Capital Strategies, led by John A. Levin, holding an $82.6 million position; the fund has 1.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Robert Polak’s Anchor Bolt Capital, and Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors.