The equity market returns were very disappointing in the third quarter, “thanks” to the slowdown of China’s economy and the weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data. It was not entirely clear whether the broader market sell-off made U.S. equity valuations undervalued, but it definitely made them more attractive. It is worth mentioning that Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) underperformed the broad-market S&P 500 ETF by more than 14 percentage points during the period of June 25, 2015 through October 30, 2015. This clearly points to the fact that most investors, including hedge fund firms and institutional investors, heavily cut their exposure to high-potential (but seemingly riskier) small-cap stocks during the bloody third quarter. So let’s take a glance at the smart money sentiment towards Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc (NYSE:AJRD) and see how it was affected.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc (NYSE:AJRD) shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. At the end of this article we will also compare AJRD to other stocks, including Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX), Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI), and Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MHLD) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to review the recent action encompassing Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc (NYSE:AJRD).
What does the smart money think about Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc (NYSE:AJRD)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 59% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the biggest position in Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc (NYSE:AJRD). GAMCO Investors has a $81.6 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Warren Lichtenstein of Steel Partners, with a $67.6 million position; 10.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that are bullish encompass Michael Blitzer’s Kingstown Capital Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Carl Goldsmith and Scott Klein’s Beach Point Capital Management.