Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility and underperformance. The time period between the end of June 2015 and the end of June 2016 was one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have been underperforming the large-cap indices. However, things have dramatically changed over the last 5 months. Small-cap stocks reversed their misfortune and beat the large cap indices by almost 11 percentage points since the end of June. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of Trimble Inc (NASDAQ:TRMB) .
Is Trimble Inc (NASDAQ:TRMB) a bargain? Investors who are in the know are betting on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings inched up by 1 lately. TRMB was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with TRMB holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare TRMB to other stocks including Kilroy Realty Corp (NYSE:KRC), iShares MSCI ACWI Index Fund (NASDAQ:ACWI), and TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Trimble Inc (NASDAQ:TRMB)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a gain of 6% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in TRMB 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, Generation Investment Management, led by David Blood and Al Gore, holds the largest position in Trimble Inc (NASDAQ:TRMB). Generation Investment Management has a $125.9 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Robert Joseph Caruso of Select Equity Group, with a $122.6 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish consist of D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Ian Simm’s Impax Asset Management and Clint Murray’s Lodge Hill Capital. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Impax Asset Management and Lodge Hill Capital) 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.