Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCLR) .
So, is Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCLR) a bargain? It looks like investors who are in the know are taking a bullish view. More specifically, among the funds we track at Insider Monkey, 41 funds held shares of Oclaro at the end of September, up by 12 funds from the end of the second quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare OCLR to other stocks including Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEAMEX:FSP), and WesBanco, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSBC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to take a look at the key action regarding Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCLR).
Hedge fund activity in Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCLR)
At the end of September, a total of 41 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Oclaro, a change of 41% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards OCLR over the last five quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Alex Sacerdote’s Whale Rock Capital Management holds the number one position in Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCLR). Whale Rock Capital Management has a $57.2 million position in the stock, comprising 3.7% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Alyeska Investment Group, led by Anand Parekh, holding a $27.5 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital, Don Morgan’s Brigade Capital, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Whale Rock Capital Management and Brigade Capital) 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.