Hedge Funds Are Selling Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (KW)

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Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility. The time period between June 25 and the end of October was one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have seen some volatility in their portfolios too. Actually their moves are potentially one of the factors that contributed to this volatility. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW).

Is Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc a good investment right now? Prominent investors are taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions dropped by 2 in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare KW to other stocks including Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ:CREE), Univar Inc (NYSE:UNVR), and Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to analyze the fresh action encompassing Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW).

How are hedge funds trading Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -11% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Fairfax Financial Holdings, managed by Prem Watsa, holds the biggest position in Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW). Fairfax Financial Holdings has a $198.6 million position in the stock, comprising 18.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Alan S. Parsow of Elkhorn Partners, with a $86.1 million position; the fund has 53.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Porter Collins, Daniel Moses, and Vincent Daniel’s Seawolf Capital and Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management.

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