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.
Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYGN) was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. MYGN investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 28 hedge funds in our database with MYGN 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 Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:WRE), Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE:CVA), and Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYGN)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 14% from the previous quarter, after hedge fund ownership pushed to a new high three months earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Matt Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich’s Scopia Capital has the most valuable position in Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYGN), worth close to $75.3 million, accounting for 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. On Scopia Capital’s heels is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which holds a $60.3 million position. Some other peers with similar optimism contain David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.