The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:DXPE) .
DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:DXPE) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest lately. DXPE was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with DXPE positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare DXPE to other stocks including AAC Holdings Inc (NYSE:AAC), Genesis Healthcare Inc (NYSE:GEN), and YRC Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:YRCW) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s analyze the latest action surrounding DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:DXPE).
Hedge fund activity in DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:DXPE)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 50% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in DXPE over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, GMT Capital, led by Thomas E. Claugus, holds the biggest position in DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:DXPE). GMT Capital has a $45 million position in the stock, comprising 0.9% of its 13F portfolio. On GMT Capital’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, which holds a $2.8 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism contain D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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.