The third quarter was a rough one for most investors, as fears of an interest rate hike in the U.S, a weakening economy in China, and a stagnant Europe, weighed heavily on the minds of investors. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 sank as a result, with the Russell 2000, which is composed of smaller companies, being hit especially hard. This was primarily due to hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, pulling some of their capital out of the volatile markets during this time. Let’s look at how this market volatility affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
Is Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA) an outstanding investment right now? The smart money is in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets dropped by 8 lately. 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 Darling Ingredients Inc (NYSE:DAR), RSP Permian Inc (NYSE:RSPP), and West Corp (NASDAQ:WSTC) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the new action regarding Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA).
How are hedge funds trading Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 47% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, OZ Management, managed by Daniel S. Och, holds the biggest position in Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA). OZ Management has a $68.4 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Cantillon Capital Management, led by William von Mueffling, holding a $59.3 million position; the fund has 1.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital, and GLG Partners.