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 Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) from the perspective of those successful funds.
Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with HTLD positions at the end of the previous 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 NIC Inc. (NASDAQ:EGOV), Descartes Systems Group (USA) (NASDAQ:DSGX), and Power Integrations Inc (NASDAQ:POWI) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s review the key action encompassing Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD).
What have hedge funds been doing with Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD)?
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, an increase of 27% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 7 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in HTLD heading into this year. So, let’s examine 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, Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, holds the biggest position in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $42.5 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Folger Hill Asset Management, led by Solomon Kumin, which holds a $6.1 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset 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.