Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze VWR Corp (NASDAQ:VWR) from the perspective of those successful funds.
VWR Corp (NASDAQ:VWR) has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. VWR was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with VWR holdings at the end of June. 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 AMC Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AMCX), Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD), and Copa Holdings, S.A. (NYSE:CPA) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in VWR Corp (NASDAQ:VWR)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a gain of 24% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in VWR over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the largest position in VWR Corp (NASDAQ:VWR), worth close to $36.3 million. On Citadel Investment Group’s heels is Barry Dargan of Intermede Investment Partners, with a $34.9 million position; 3.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions encompass D E Shaw, Eli Cohen’s Crescent Park Management and Cliff Asness’ AQR 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.