Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility and underperformance. The time period between the end of June 2015 and the end of June 2016 was one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have been underperforming the large-cap indices. However, things have dramatically changed over the last 5 months. Small-cap stocks reversed their misfortune and beat the large cap indices by almost 11 percentage points since the end of June. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of Michaels Companies Inc (NASDAQ:MIK).
Is Michaels Companies Inc (NASDAQ:MIK) a marvelous stock to buy now? Prominent investors are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 1 recently. 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 Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:FLS), Brookfield Property Partners LP (NYSE:BPY), and NetSuite Inc (NYSE:N) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to take a look at the new action surrounding Michaels Companies Inc (NASDAQ:MIK).
How are hedge funds trading Michaels Companies Inc (NASDAQ:MIK)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up 5% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Highfields Capital Management, run by Jonathon Jacobson, holds the number one position in Michaels Companies Inc (NASDAQ:MIK). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $267.2 million position in the stock, comprising 2.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Scott Ferguson of Sachem Head Capital, with a $71.7 million position; 3.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, John Tompkins’s Tyvor Capital and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP.