The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL) .
Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL) has seen an increase in hedge fund interest lately. LL was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with LL positions 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 A10 Networks Inc (NYSE:ATEN), Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWAY), and Modine Manufacturing Co. (NYSE:MOD) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the key action surrounding Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL).
How are hedge funds trading Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an increase of 17% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in LL over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine 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, David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw has the largest position in Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL), worth close to $12.7 million, comprising less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Ariel Investments, led by John W. Rogers, holding a $9.6 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism include Bernard Selz’s Selz Capital, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Jerome L. Simon’s Lonestar 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-microcap stocks.