It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD) .
The hedge fund interest towards American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare AMWD to other stocks including Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH), Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ:TSEM), and Forward Air Corporation (NASDAQ:FWRD) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the recent action regarding American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD).
How are hedge funds trading American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long American Woodmark Corporation, unchanged over the quarter. By comparison, 15 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in AMWD heading into 2016. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the number one position in American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD), worth close to $55.4 million, corresponding to 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, which holds a $25.4 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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.