Hedge funds run by legendary names like Nelson Peltz and David Tepper make billions of dollars a year for themselves and their super-rich accredited investors (you’ve got to have a minimum of $1 million liquid to invest in a hedge fund) by spending enormous resources on analyzing and uncovering data about small-cap stocks that the big brokerage houses don’t follow. Small caps are where they can generate significant out-performance. These stocks have been on a tear since the end of June, outperforming large-cap index funds by more than 10 percentage points. That’s why we pay special attention to hedge fund activity in these stocks.
PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT) was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. PMT shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with PMT holdings at the end of the second 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 Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE:FSM), Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AERI), and James River Group Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:JRVR) to gather more data points.
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What have hedge funds been doing with PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 7% dip from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish positions in PMT over the last 5 quarters, which has trended down slightly during that time. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners has the biggest position in PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT), worth close to $21 million, amounting to 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Highfields Capital Management, led by Jonathon Jacobson, which holds a $7.8 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of Richard Mashaal’s RIMA Senvest Management, Porter Collins, Daniel Moses, and Vincent Daniel’s Seawolf Capital, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.