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 Federated Investors Inc (NYSE:FII).
Is Federated Investors Inc (NYSE:FII) a buy right now? Money managers are becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund bets rose by 6 lately. 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 Emcor Group Inc (NYSE:EME), Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE:LGF), and NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA) to gather more data points.
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What does the smart money think about Federated Investors Inc (NYSE:FII)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a jump of 38% from the previous quarter, pushing the stock to new heights in terms of smart money ownership. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Federated Investors Inc (NYSE:FII). Royce & Associates has a $133.4 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which holds a $23.8 million position. Other members of the smart money that are bullish include D E Shaw, Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management, and John D. Gillespie’s Prospector Partners.