There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small-cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund managers make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other elite funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small-cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI).
Is Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) a first-rate stock to buy now? Hedge funds are becoming less hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund bets fell by 4 lately. 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 Aon PLC (NYSE:AON), Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE:JCI), and SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 64 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 6% drop from the previous quarter. That decline in sentiment coincides with a steep drop in the value of the stock in Q4, so it appears that some hedge funds timed their exits well. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital has the biggest position in Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), worth close to $765.9 million, corresponding to 3.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Coatue Management, managed by Philippe Laffont, which holds a $513.9 million position; the fund has 6.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions comprise John Armitage’s Egerton Capital Limited, Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management, and Principal Global Investors’s Columbus Circle Investors.