Do Hedge Funds Love Morningstar, Inc. (MORN)?

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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: Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN) .

Is Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN) going to take off soon? Hedge funds are turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings rose by 3 recently. MORN was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with MORN positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MORN to other stocks including Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), Lancaster Colony Corp. (NASDAQ:LANC), and National Instruments Corp (NASDAQ:NATI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a rise of 25% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in MORN at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the number one position in Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN), worth close to $78.4 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, with a $49 million position. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions comprise William Crowley, William Harker, and Stephen Blass’ Ashe Capital, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. 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.

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