It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in Kimball International Inc (NASDAQ:KBAL).
Kimball International Inc (NASDAQ:KBAL) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September, same as at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare KBAL to other stocks including LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN), Sunedison Semiconductor Ltd (NASDAQ:SEMI), and MYR Group Inc (NASDAQ:MYRG) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How are hedge funds trading Kimball International Inc (NASDAQ:KBAL)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in KBAL over the last 5 quarters, which has remained extremely stable. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates holds the most valuable position in Kimball International Inc (NASDAQ:KBAL). Royce & Associates has a $24.9 million position in the stock. On Royce & Associates’ heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, with an $11.8 million position. Other peers that hold long positions contain Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. 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-micro-cap stocks.