Between June 25 and October 30th the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) lagged the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points as investors worried over the possible ramifications of rising interest rates. The hedge funds and institutional investors we track typically invest more in smaller-cap stocks than an average investor, and we have seen data that shows those funds paring back their overall exposure. Those funds cutting positions in small-caps is one reason why volatility has increased. In the following paragraphs, we take a closer look at what hedge funds and prominent investors think of KLX Inc (NASDAQ:KLXI) and see how the stock is affected by the recent hedge fund activity.
KLX Inc (NASDAQ:KLXI) was in 34 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. KLX Inc (NASDAQ:KLXI) has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 36 hedge funds in our database with KLX Inc (NASDAQ:KLXI) holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 FleetMatics Group PLC (NYSE:FLTX), Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE:TGP), and InterXion Holding NV (NYSE:INXN) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action encompassing KLX Inc (NASDAQ:KLXI).
Hedge fund activity in KLX Inc (NASDAQ:KLXI)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 6% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Farallon Capital holds the number one position in KLX Inc (NASDAQ:KLXI). Farallon Capital has a $141.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Southpoint Capital Advisors, managed by John Smith Clark, which holds a $75.1 million position; 3.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Jeffrey Gates’s Gates Capital Management, Seth Klarman’s Baupost Group, and Youlia Miteva’s Proxima Capital Management.