Between June 25 and October 30th the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) lagged the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points as investors worried over the possible ramifications of rising interest rates. The hedge funds and institutional investors we track typically invest more in smaller-cap stocks than an average investor, and we have seen data that shows those funds paring back their overall exposure. Those funds cutting positions in small-caps is one reason why volatility has increased. In the following paragraphs, we take a closer look at what hedge funds and prominent investors think of Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG) and see how the stock is affected by the recent hedge fund activity.
Is Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG) a buy, sell, or hold? Investors who are in the know are taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets fell by 5 in recent months. The shares of Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG) declined 1.56% during the last quarter, so it is unlikely to have an impact over the hedge fund behavior. For a better understanding of the hedge fund movement, we will cover hedge funds that held stakes in Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG) at the end of the third quarter.
To get a clear picture of the hedge fund sentiment around stocks with similar market cap, we will also compare WG to other stocks, including TCP International Holdings Ltd (NYSE:TCPI), Cancer Genetics Inc (NASDAQ:CGIX), and Petroquest Energy Inc (NYSE:PQ) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s check out the key action regarding Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG).
How are hedge funds trading Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 42% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jeffrey Gendell’s Tontine Asset Management has the number one position in Willbros Group Inc (NYSE:WG), worth close to $5.1 million, comprising 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Prescott Group Capital Management, led by Phil Frohlich, holding a $1.2 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish contain Renaissance Technologies, D E Shaw, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.