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Is Solar Capital Ltd. (SLRC) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLRC) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Hedge fund interest in Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLRC) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Apollo Group Inc (NASDAQ:APOL), PharMerica Corporation (NYSE:PMC), and Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:BHLB) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action encompassing Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLRC).

Hedge fund activity in Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLRC)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SLRC over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

SLRC Chart

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners has the biggest position in Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLRC), worth close to $15.5 million, comprising 0.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Polar Capital, led by Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley, which holds a $8.4 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management, Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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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