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.
Is Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL) a marvelous investment at the moment? Investors who are in the know are unmistakably feeling that is not the case. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went down by 4 in recent months. KNL was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with KNL holdings at the end of the second 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 Frontline Ltd (NYSE:FRO), Quotient Technology Inc(NYSE:QUOT), and Trade Desk Inc (NASDAQ:TTD) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 20% decline from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in KNL at the beginning of this year, so hedge fund ownership is still up by 33% in 2016. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Adage Capital Management, led by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holds the number one position in Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL). Adage Capital Management has a $10.5 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, which holds an $8.2 million position. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish consist of David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. 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.