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 KT Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KT) from the perspective of those successful funds.
KT Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KT) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. KT has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with KT holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS), Ryanair Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:RYAAY), and Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to view the key action regarding KT Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KT).
What have hedge funds been doing with KT Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KT)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 25% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in KT at the beginning of this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital holds the largest position in KT Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KT). Arrowstreet Capital has a $40.3 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Ernest Chow and Jonathan Howe of Sensato Capital Management, with a $21.8 million position; 4.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism contain David Iben’s Kopernik Global Investors, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management which is one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Sensato Capital Management and Kopernik Global Investors) 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.