Hedge Funds Are Buying Essendant Inc (ESND)

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There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other successful funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Essendant Inc (NASDAQ:ESND).

Essendant Inc (NASDAQ:ESND) was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. ESND shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with ESND 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 Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT), GasLog Partners LP (NYSE:GLOP), and istar Inc (NYSE:STAR) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading Essendant Inc (NASDAQ:ESND)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 38% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ESND over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management has the largest position in Essendant Inc (NASDAQ:ESND), worth close to $24.7 million. Coming in second is Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holding a $4.3 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise David Brown’s Hawk Ridge Management, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.

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