The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at United States Cellular Corp (NYSE:USM) from the perspective of those successful funds.
United States Cellular Corp (NYSE:USM) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. 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 B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE:BGS), PS Business Parks Inc (NYSE:PSB), and National Health Investors Inc (NYSE:NHI) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action encompassing United States Cellular Corp (NYSE:USM).
What does the smart money think about United States Cellular Corp (NYSE:USM)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 8 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in USM heading into this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors has the largest position in United States Cellular Corp (NYSE:USM), worth close to $108 million, comprising 0.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, holding a $22.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. 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.