Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.
RR Donnelley & Sons Co (NYSE:RRD) was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. RRD investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with RRD positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR), American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT), and Cabot Corp (NYSE:CBT) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the latest action regarding RR Donnelley & Sons Co (NYSE:RRD).
How are hedge funds trading RR Donnelley & Sons Co (NYSE:RRD)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down 4% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards RRD 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, AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holds the biggest position in RR Donnelley & Sons Co (NYSE:RRD). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $29.7 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Skybridge Capital, led by Anthony Scaramucciá, which holds a $13.6 million position; the fund has 3.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Ron Gutfleish’s Elm Ridge Capital and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. We should note that Elm Ridge Capital is 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.