There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other successful funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TAC) .
Is TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TAC) going to take off soon? Hedge funds are surely in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund bets contracted by1 in recent months. TAC was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with TAC positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare TAC to other stocks including Spartan Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPTN), Four Corners Property Trust Inc(NYSE:FCPT), and Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to review the fresh action encompassing TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TAC).
What does the smart money think about TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TAC)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -13% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TAC over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Vertex One Asset Management, led by John Thiessen, holds the most valuable position in TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TAC). Vertex One Asset Management has a $26 million position in the stock, comprising 4.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, with a $3.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management. 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.