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 elite funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze GNC Holdings Inc (NYSE:GNC).
GNC Holdings Inc (NYSE:GNC) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late, as 3 fewer hedge funds owned it on September 30 as did on June 30. At the end of this article we will also compare GNC to other stocks including Dean Foods Co (NYSE:DF), Party City Holdco Inc (NYSE:PRTY), and Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading GNC Holdings Inc (NYSE:GNC)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a decline of 10% from one quarter earlier. That dropped GNC back down near its low point in hedge fund ownership during the past five quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, holds the most valuable position in GNC Holdings Inc (NYSE:GNC). Millennium Management has an $18.9 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by HealthInvest Partners AB, led by Anders Hallberg and Carl Bennet, holding a $9.9 million position; 7.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Larry Chen and Terry Zhang’s Tairen Capital.