It was a rough third quarter for many hedge funds, which were naturally unable to overcome the big dip in the broad market, as the S&P 500 fell by about 7% during the quarter. The Russell 2000, composed of smaller companies, performed even worse, trailing the S&P by about 14 percentage points between June 25 and October 30, as investors fled less-known quantities for safe havens. This was the case with hedge funds, who we heard were pulling money from the market amid the volatility, which included money from small-cap stocks, which they invest in at a higher rate than other investors. This action contributed to the greater decline in these stocks during the tumultuous period. We will study how this market volatility affected their sentiment towards Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN) during the quarter below.
Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN) is a $1.80 billion logistics and transportation company, whose stock has lost 21% since the beginning of the year. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the stock registered a decrease in confidence among smart money investors, which we will discuss later on in this article. However, 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 or drop 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 Shanda Games Limited(ADR) (NASDAQ:GAME), Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ:COKE), and Parkway Properties Inc (NYSE:PKY) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s check out the key action surrounding Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN).
Hedge fund activity in Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN)
Heading into Q4, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of 18% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN). Royce & Associates has a $36.6 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, with a $34.6 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish contain Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Michael O’Keefe’s 12th Street Asset Management, and Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management.