You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.
ArcBest Corp (NASDAQ:ARCB) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest lately. ARCB was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with ARCB 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 PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT), Bazaarvoice Inc (NASDAQ:BV), and Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS) to gather more data points.
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What does the smart money think about ArcBest Corp (NASDAQ:ARCB)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up by 18% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in ARCB over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the biggest position in ArcBest Corp (NASDAQ:ARCB). Renaissance Technologies has a $9.2 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is John W. Rogers of Ariel Investments, with a $3.6 million position. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and John Overdeck And David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that SG Capital Management 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.