The worries about the economic slowdown in China and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases triggered several waves of equity sell-offs during the third quarter. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers had to stomach substantial losses during the bloody three-month period, which might have caused some to consider fleeing the U.S. equity markets. Interestingly, smaller-cap stocks registered higher losses than large-capitalization stocks during the September quarter, suggesting that institutional investors heavily discarded seemingly riskier equities amid high uncertainty and turmoil. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index lost 11.9% in the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark declined a mere 6.4%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR).
MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR) was in 27 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. MSTR has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. There were 28 hedge funds in our database with MSTR 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 Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE:WWW), WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF), and PNM Resources, Inc. (NYSE:PNM) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to analyze the latest action encompassing MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR).
How are hedge funds trading MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -4% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Ricky Sandler’s Eminence Capital has the biggest position in MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR), worth close to $153.7 million, amounting to 2.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Glenn J. Krevlin of Glenhill Advisors, with a $87.2 million position; 6.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Sanford J. Colen’s Apex Capital.