Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or 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 abnormal 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 another small-cap stock: Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE:BMI).
Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE:BMI) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. BMI investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with BMI 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 Standex Int’l Corp. (NYSE:SXI), BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI), and Rouse Properties Inc (NYSE:RSE) to gather more data points.
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How are hedge funds trading Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE:BMI)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 40% boost from one quarter earlier. There were a total of just 4 hedge funds with a bullish position in BMI at the beginning of this year, which has jumped by 250%. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the number one position in Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE:BMI), worth close to $15.2 million. The second largest stake is held by Impax Asset Management, led by Ian Simm, which holds a $10.4 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that Impax Asset 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.