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Is PHI Inc. (PHIIK) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: PHI Inc. (NASDAQ:PHIIK).

PHI Inc. (NASDAQ:PHIIK) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the fourth quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. 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 Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc (NASDAQ:COLL), IntelSat SA (NYSE:I), and Advaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADXS) to gather more data points.

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In the eyes of most traders, hedge funds are viewed as slow, old investment vehicles of yesteryear. While there are more than 8000 funds in operation at present, We look at the elite of this group, around 700 funds. These hedge fund managers administer the majority of the smart money’s total capital, and by tracking their inimitable stock picks, Insider Monkey has identified numerous investment strategies that have historically outstripped the market. Insider Monkey’s small-cap hedge fund strategy outperformed the S&P 500 index by 12 percentage points per year for a decade in our back tests.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the key action regarding PHI Inc. (NASDAQ:PHIIK).

How have hedgies been trading PHI Inc. (NASDAQ:PHIIK)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, West Face Capital, managed by Greg Boland, holds the number one position in PHI Inc. (NASDAQ:PHIIK). West Face Capital has a $58.4 million position in the stock, comprising 33.4% of its 13F portfolio. It has a lot riding on this stock. The second largest stake is held by David Brown of Hawk Ridge Management, with a $10.7 million position; the fund has 5.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish encompass Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Charles Paquelet’s Skylands Capital.

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