Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, and Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in a large-cap stock: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW).
Hedge fund interest in Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) shares was flat during the last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare LOW to other stocks including Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST), Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN), and Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s view the fresh action surrounding Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW).
How are hedge funds trading Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 56 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or had already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Edgar Wachenheim’s Greenhaven Associates has the number one position in Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW), worth close to $678.3 million, comprising 13.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second-most bullish fund manager is Iridian Asset Management, led by David Cohen and Harold Levy, holding a $530.2 million position; the fund has 4.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.