While the market driven by short-term sentiment influenced by uncertainty regarding the future of the interest rate environment in the US, the low commodity prices and the economic turmoil in China, many smart money investors are keeping their optimism regarding the current bull run, while still hedging many of their long positions. However, as we know, big investors usually buy stocks with strong fundamentals, which is why we believe we can profit from imitating them. In this article, we are going to take a look at the smart money sentiment surrounding INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL).
INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL) positions at the end of the previous quarter. It may not come as a surprise, as the shares of the company were experiencing a bearish market response during the third quarter, losing 25.72% value. In order to find out more about hedge fund behavior, we will cover hedge funds that held positions in INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL), at the end of the last qaurter.
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Now, let’s go over the fresh action regarding INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL).
Hedge fund activity in INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL)
At the end of September, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a decrease of 18% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Gregg J. Powers’s Private Capital Management has the most valuable position in INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL), worth close to $29.8 million, corresponding to 3.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Nine Ten Partners, led by Brian Bares, Russell Mollen, and James Bradshaw, holding a $19.8 million position; 8.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, D E Shaw, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.