As most U.S equities endure wild swings amid high uncertainty around several global macro issues, hedge fund investors who worry about suffering losses tend to re-balance their portfolios. In fact, most of them are constantly re-balancing portfolios so as to maintain the risk profile over a long-term spectrum. The following article will discuss the latest moves in a duo of stocks made by a few reputable hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey.
As stated by an amendment to a 13D filing with the SEC, Adage Capital Management, founded by Phillip Gross and Robert Atchinson, currently owns 7.61 million shares of Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN), representing 4.61% of its common stock. This denotes an increase of 3.30 million shares since we covered the investment firm’s position in Olin back in September. It is also worth pointing out that the company issued 87.48 million shares of common stock on October 5 in relation to a freshly-closed merger, so Adage Capital Management ceased to beneficially own more than 5% despite boosting its stake. Earlier this month, Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN) announced the completion of its previously-announced merger of Dow Chemical Co (NYSE:DOW)’s U.S. Chlor-Alkali and Vinyl, Global Chlorinated Organics, and Global Epoxy Businesses with Olin. At the same time, two new directors were appointed to the company’s Board of Directors in connection with the merger. Meanwhile, there were 24 hedge fund managers that we track invested in the stock at the end of the second quarter, which accumulated 13.00% of the company’s shares. The value of their investments increased significantly to $271.50 million during the second quarter, from $165.63 million. Just recently, Steven Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management disclosed an ownership stake of 5.49 million shares in Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN).
Hedge funds have been underperforming the market for a very long time. However, this was mainly because of the huge fees that hedge funds charge as well as the poor performance of their short books. Hedge funds’ long positions actually performed better than the market. Small-cap stocks, activist targets, and spin-offs were among the bright spots in hedge funds’ portfolios. For instance, the 15 most popular small-cap stocks among hedge funds outperformed the market by more than 53 percentage points since the end of August 2012, returning 102% (read the details here). This strategy also managed to beat the market by double digits annually in our back tests covering the 1999-2012 period.
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