Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Standard Motor Products, Inc. (NYSE:SMP).
Standard Motor Products, Inc. (NYSE:SMP) has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers recently. SMP was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with SMP positions 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 Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (ADR) (NYSE:TGS), Milacron Holdings Corp (NYSE:MCRN), and Kraton Performance Polymers Inc (NYSE:KRA) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s take a look at the fresh action surrounding Standard Motor Products, Inc. (NYSE:SMP).
How are hedge funds trading Standard Motor Products, Inc. (NYSE:SMP)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -9% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 19 hedge funds with a bullish position in SMP at the beginning of this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates holds the most valuable position in Standard Motor Products, Inc. (NYSE:SMP). Royce & Associates has a $120.2 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $7.6 million position. Other peers that are bullish comprise Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.