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 operators 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 LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ).
Is LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) a safe investment today? Money managers are becoming hopeful. The number of long hedge fund bets moved up by 2 in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare LKQ to other stocks including Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCK), Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE), and Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOLX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action surrounding LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ).
How are hedge funds trading LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a gain of 7% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Charles Akre’s Akre Capital Management has the largest position in LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ), worth close to $125.9 million, amounting to 2.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Pennant Capital Management, led by Alan Fournier, holding a $89 million position; the fund has 3.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Jeff Lignelli’s Incline Global Management, Francois Rochon’s Giverny Capital and Ian Simm’s Impax Asset Management.