Billionaire hedge fund managers such as Steve Cohen and Stan Druckenmiller can generate millions or even billions of dollars every year by pinning down high-potential small-cap stocks and pouring cash into these candidates. Small-cap stocks are overlooked by most investors, brokerage houses, and financial services hubs, while the unlimited research abilities of the big players within the hedge fund industry can easily identify the undervalued and high-potential stocks that reside the ignored corners of equity markets. There are numerous small-cap stocks that have turned out to be great winners, which is one of the main reasons the Insider Monkey team pays close attention to the hedge fund activity in relation to these stocks.
United Microelectronics Corp (ADR) (NYSE:UMC) has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. United Microelectronics Corp (ADR) (NYSE:UMC) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with United Microelectronics Corp (ADR) (NYSE:UMC) positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CCU), Biomed Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:BMR), and American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s review the latest action surrounding United Microelectronics Corp (ADR) (NYSE:UMC).
Hedge fund activity in United Microelectronics Corp (ADR) (NYSE:UMC)
Heading into Q4, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 18% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies holds the number one position in United Microelectronics Corp (ADR) (NYSE:UMC). Renaissance Technologies has a $6.2 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Simon Sadler of Segantii Capital, with a $4.1 million position; 0.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass Michael Hintze’s CQS Cayman LP, Satyen Mehta’s Neon Liberty Capital Management, and D E Shaw.