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: Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY) .
Is Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY) worth your attention right now? The smart money is thoroughly getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings rose by 5 recently. MBLY was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with MBLY 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 Cna Financial Corp (NYSE:CNA), Western Gas Equity Partners LP (NYSE:WGP), and Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VAR) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s analyze the fresh action regarding Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY).
How are hedge funds trading Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 20% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in MBLY over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management holds the number one position in Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $126.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Columbus Circle Investors, led by Principal Global Investors, which holds a $56.4 million position; the fund has 0.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management and Robert Polak’s Anchor Bolt Capital. 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.