The market has been volatile due to elections and the potential of another Federal Reserve rate increase. Small cap stocks have been on a tear, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has outperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points since the end of June. SEC filings and hedge fund investor letters indicate that the smart money seems to be getting back in stocks, and the funds’ movements is one of the reasons why small-cap stocks are red hot. In this article, we analyze what the smart money thinks of Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) and find out how it is affected by hedge funds’ moves.
Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the fourth quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 53 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare DG to other stocks including Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. (ADR) (NYSE:FMS), Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE), and General Growth Properties Inc (NYSE:GGP) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the fresh action surrounding Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG).
Hedge fund activity in Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 53 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged for the second straight quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, William B. Gray’s Orbis Investment Management has the largest position in Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG), worth close to $199.5 million, amounting to 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On Orbis Investment Management’s heels is Lee Ainslie of Maverick Capital, with a $186.3 million position; the fund has 2.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital and Jeff Lignelli’s Incline Global Management.