The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc (NASDAQ:FLWS) from the perspective of those successful funds.
1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc (NASDAQ:FLWS) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. FLWS investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers lately. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with FLWS positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FLWS to other stocks including Qiwi PLC (NASDAQ:QIWI), Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc (NYSE:RYAM), and Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ:VRTS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc (NASDAQ:FLWS)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a rise of 8% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards FLWS over the last 5 quarters, which spiked earlier this year, but has retreated since. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Beddow Capital Management, led by Ed Beddow and William Tichy, holds the largest position in 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc (NASDAQ:FLWS). Beddow Capital Management has a $7.4 million position in the stock, comprising 3% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holding a $6 million position. Some other peers that are bullish consist of Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, 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.