A market correction in the third quarter, spurred by a number of global macroeconomic concerns ended up having a negative impact on the markets and many hedge funds as a result. The stocks of smaller companies were especially hard hit during this time as investors fled to investments seen as being safer. This is evident in the fact that the Russell 2000 ETF underperformed the S&P 500 ETF by 14 percentage points between June 25 and the end of October. We also received indications that hedge funds were trimming their positions amid the market volatility and uncertainty, and given their greater inclination towards smaller cap stocks than other investors, it follows that a stronger sell-off occurred in those stocks. Let’s study the hedge fund sentiment to see how those concerns affected their ownership of Marcus & Millichap Inc (NYSE:MMI) during the quarter.
Marcus & Millichap Inc (NYSE:MMI) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. The market response towards the stock was flat throughout the second quarter, with the stock losing 0.33% value during the quarter. In order to understand the hedge fund sentiment surrounding Marcus & Millichap Inc (NYSE:MMI), we will discuss hedge funds that held stakes in the company, at the end of September.
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Now, we’re going to view the recent action surrounding Marcus & Millichap Inc (NYSE:MMI).
Hedge fund activity in Marcus & Millichap Inc (NYSE:MMI)
At the end of September, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 22% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ken Heebner’s Capital Growth Management has the biggest position in Marcus & Millichap Inc (NYSE:MMI), worth close to $30.3 million, amounting to 1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Lee Munder Capital Group, led by Lee Munder, holding a $14.7 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that are bullish consist of Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management, and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.