How do you pick the next stock to invest in? One way would be to spend hours of research browsing through thousands of publicly traded companies. However, an easier way is to look at the stocks that smart money investors are collectively bullish on. Hedge funds and other institutional investors usually invest large amounts of capital and have to conduct due diligence while choosing their next pick. They don’t always get it right, but, on average, their stock picks historically generated strong returns after adjusting for known risk factors. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent hedge fund activity surrounding Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN).
Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN) investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN) holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The shares of the company had a similar movement, falling 8.69% throughout the quarter. For a better understanding of the hedge fund standings, we decided to cover hedge funds holding positions in the company at the end of September.
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Now, we’re going to take a look at the recent action encompassing Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN).
What have hedge funds been doing with Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decrease of 14% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Lee Munder’s Lee Munder Capital Group has the most valuable position in Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN), worth close to $22.9 million, accounting for 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which holds a $13.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism comprise Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Renaissance Technologies, and Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Springbok Capital.