The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO).
Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest recently. TZOO was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with TZOO holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare TZOO to other stocks including Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALLT), Northrim BanCorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NRIM), and Owens Realty Mortgage Inc (NYSEMKT:ORM) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How are hedge funds trading Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up by 50% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in TZOO over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, John H Lewis’ Osmium Partners has the biggest position in Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO), worth close to $6.4 million, comprising 5.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, with a $5.8 million position. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism encompass D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds 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.