Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT) from the perspective of those successful funds.
PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. PJT investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with PJT 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 Bazaarvoice Inc (NASDAQ:BV), Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS), and Kimball International Inc (NASDAQ:KBAL) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the recent action regarding PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT).
Hedge fund activity in PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT)
At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -29% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in PJT over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, John Petry of Sessa Capital holds the most valuable position in PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT). Sessa Capital has a $41.5 million position in the stock, comprising 9.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Michael Blitzer of Kingstown Capital Management holding a $27.3 million position; 3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Mark Rachesky’s MHR Fund Management, Gunnar Overstrom’s Three Corner Global Investors and Paul Tudor Jones’ Tudor Investment Corp. We should note that Sessa Capital is 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.