Before we spend many hours researching a company, we’d like to analyze what hedge funds and billionaire investors think of the stock first. We would like to do so because the elite investors’ consensus returns have been exceptional. The top 30 S&P 500 stocks among hedge funds at the end of September 2014 yielded an average return of 9.5% during the last 12 months ending in October 30. Sixty three percent of these 30 stocks outperformed the market. Although the elite funds occasionally have their duds, such as Micron and Anadarko Petroleum, which fell 50% and 26%, respectively, during the same time period, the hedge fund picks seem to work on average. In the following paragraphs, we find out what the billionaire investors and hedge funds think of Newtek Business Services, Inc (NASDAQ:NEWT).
Hedge fund interest in Newtek Business Services, Inc (NASDAQ:NEWT) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Corium International Inc (NASDAQ:CORI), Townsquare Media Inc (NYSE:TSQ), and Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:DRNA) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the latest action encompassing Newtek Business Services, Inc (NASDAQ:NEWT).
How have hedgies been trading Newtek Business Services, Inc (NASDAQ:NEWT)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged 0% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the most valuable position in Newtek Business Services, Inc (NASDAQ:NEWT), worth close to $2.1 million, comprising less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Nine Chapters Capital Management, managed by Chao Ku, which holds a $0.3 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions encompass Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Anton Schutz’s Mendon Capital Advisors.