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 LGI Homes Inc (NASDAQ:LGIH) and see how it was affected.
Is LGI Homes Inc (NASDAQ:LGIH) worth your attention right now? Hedge funds are in a bullish mood. The number of long hedge fund bets inched up by 11 recently. At the end of this article we will also compare LGIH to other stocks, including WMIH Corp (OTCMKTS:WMIH), Navios Maritime Acquisition Corp (NYSE:NNA), and Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to go over the recent action surrounding LGI Homes Inc (NASDAQ:LGIH).
Hedge fund activity in LGI Homes Inc (NASDAQ:LGIH)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a boost of 183% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Covalent Capital Partners, managed by Robert Hockett, holds the biggest position in LGI Homes Inc (NASDAQ:LGIH). Covalent Capital Partners has a $15.1 million position in the stock, comprising 3.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ken Heebner’s Capital Growth Management, with a $14.8 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Steve Pei’s Gratia Capital, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Peter Muller’s PDT Partners.