The third quarter was a rough one for most investors, as fears of an interest rate hike in the U.S, a weakening economy in China, and a stagnant Europe, weighed heavily on the minds of investors. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 sank as a result, with the Russell 2000, which is composed of smaller companies, being hit especially hard. This was primarily due to hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, pulling some of their capital out of the volatile markets during this time. Let’s look at how this market volatility affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP) has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. At the end of this article, we will also compare Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP) to other stocks, including National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV), DTE Energy Co (NYSE:DTE), and Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the latest action regarding Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP).
How are hedge funds trading Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP)?
At the end of Q3, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of 24% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, David Blood and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management has the most valuable position in Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP), worth close to $482.9 million, amounting to 7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Iridian Asset Management, managed by David Cohen and Harold Levy, which holds a $416.7 million position; the fund has 3.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise David Gallo’s Valinor Management LLC, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.