You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.
Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE:SEM) has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. SEM was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with SEM positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SEM to other stocks including Monogram Residential Trust Inc (NYSE:MORE), Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXST), and Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE:SEM)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 19% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 16 hedge funds with a bullish position in SEM at the beginning of this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, North Tide Capital, led by Conan Laughlin, holds the most valuable position in Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE:SEM). North Tide Capital has a $176.9 million position in the stock, comprising 19.3% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Stephen DuBois of Camber Capital Management, with a $81.3 million position; the fund has 3.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Barry Rosenstein’s JANA Partners and James E. Flynn’s Deerfield 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.