The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS) .
Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS) was included in the equity portfolios of 20 investors tracked by Insider Monkey at the end of September. JNS shareholders witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment during the third quarter, as there had been 15 investors long the stock at the end of June. However, 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 The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ:WEN), The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO), and HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI) to gather more data points.
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How are hedge funds trading Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a rise of 33% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards JNS over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ariel Investments, led by John W. Rogers, holds the biggest position in Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS). Ariel Investments has a $103.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1.3% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, with a $84.1 million position. Some other professional money managers that are bullish consist of Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. 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.