Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility and underperformance. The time period between the end of June 2015 and the end of June 2016 was one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have been underperforming the large-cap indices. However, things have dramatically changed over the last 5 months. Small-cap stocks reversed their misfortune and beat the large cap indices by almost 11 percentage points since the end of June. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA).
Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA) investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. SNA was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with SNA holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SNA to other stocks, including Vereit Inc (NYSE:VER), Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL), and Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Snap-on Incorporated, down by 4% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management has the number one position in Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA), worth close to $120.9 million. The second most bullish fund manager is East Side Capital (RR Partners), managed by Steven Richman, which holds a $120.8 million position; 5.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers with similar optimism encompass John W. Rogers’ Ariel Investments, and Jeffrey Gates’ Gates Capital Management.