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Hedge fund interest in GasLog Ltd (NYSE:GLOG) shares was flat at the end of last quarter, with 9 investors bullish on the company. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Atkore International Group Inc(NYSE:ATKR), Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC), and Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK) to gather more data points.
We care about hedge fund sentiment because historically hedge funds’ stock picks delivered strong risk adjusted returns. There are certain segments of the market where hedge funds’ stock picks performed much better than its benchmarks. For instance, the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds returned 18% over the last 12 months outpacing S&P 500 Index by more than 10 percentage points. We developed this strategy 2.5 years ago and started sharing its picks in our quarterly newsletter. It bested the S&P 500 Index ETFs by delivering a solid 39% vs. 22% gain for its benchmarks.
How are hedge funds trading GasLog Ltd (NYSE:GLOG)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 6 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in GLOG heading into this year. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Levin Capital Strategies, led by John A. Levin, holds the biggest position in GasLog Ltd (NYSE:GLOG). Levin Capital Strategies has a $17.2 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Marshall Wace LLP, led by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, which holds a $12.2 million position. Some other professional money managers that are bullish comprise Andrew Goldman’s Seven Locks Capital Management, and Jos Shaver’s Electron Capital Partners. We should note that Electron Capital Partners is 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.