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Is New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (ADR) (EDU) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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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 New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (ADR) (NYSE:EDU) .

Overall, the hedge fund interest towards New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (ADR) (NYSE:EDU) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare EDU to other stocks, including Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H), FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS), and Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (ADR) (NYSE:EDU)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the end of the second quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards EDU over the last five quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ted Kang’s Kylin Management has the largest position in New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (ADR) (NYSE:EDU), worth close to $71.8 million, accounting for 14% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Thomas E. Claugus’ GMT Capital holding a $41 million position. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions include Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Larry Chen and Terry Zhang’s Tairen Capital and Rob Citrone’s Discovery 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.

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