The equity market returns were very disappointing in the third quarter, “thanks” to the slowdown of China’s economy and the weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data. It was not entirely clear whether the broader market sell-off made U.S. equity valuations undervalued, but it definitely made them more attractive. It is worth mentioning that Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) underperformed the broad-market S&P 500 ETF by more than 14 percentage points during the period of June 25, 2015 through October 30, 2015. This clearly points to the fact that most investors, including hedge fund firms and institutional investors, heavily cut their exposure to high-potential (but seemingly riskier) small-cap stocks during the bloody third quarter. So let’s take a glance at the smart money sentiment towards Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc (NYSE:SNOW) and see how it was affected.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action regarding Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc (NYSE:SNOW).
How have hedgies been trading Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc (NYSE:SNOW)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a reduction of 11% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Michael Novogratz’s Fortress Investment Group has the most valuable position in Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc (NYSE:SNOW), worth close to $234.2 million, comprising 3.6% of its total 13F portfolio. On Fortress Investment Group’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which holds a $7.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’s Canyon Capital Advisors, Doug Gordon, Jon Hilsabeck and Don Jabro’s Shellback Capital and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.