Billionaire hedge fund managers such as Steve Cohen and Stan Druckenmiller can generate millions or even billions of dollars every year by pinning down high-potential small-cap stocks and pouring cash into these candidates. Small-cap stocks are overlooked by most investors, brokerage houses, and financial services hubs, while the unlimited research abilities of the big players within the hedge fund industry can easily identify the undervalued and high-potential stocks that reside the ignored corners of equity markets. There are numerous small-cap stocks that have turned out to be great winners, which is one of the main reasons the Insider Monkey team pays close attention to the hedge fund activity in relation to these stocks.
Hedge fund interest in Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL) shares was flat during the third quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR), Graham Holdings Co (NYSE:GHC), and Ellie Mae Inc (NYSE:ELLI) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter, holding ownership steady at its yearly high. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Osterweis Capital Management, managed by John Osterweis, holds the most valuable position in Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL). Osterweis Capital Management has a $55.1 million position in the stock, comprising 3.3% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which holds a $51.8 million position. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Bernard Selz’ Selz Capital, and Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital.