The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Scotts Miracle-Gro Co (NYSE:SMG) .
Scotts Miracle-Gro Co (NYSE:SMG) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. SMG investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers lately. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with SMG positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SMG to other stocks including Weatherford International Ltd (NYSE:WFT), Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX), and EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading Scotts Miracle-Gro Co (NYSE:SMG)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 17% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SMG over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, holds the most valuable position in Scotts Miracle-Gro Co (NYSE:SMG). Fisher Asset Management has a $128.3 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, with a $25.8 million position. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions comprise John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Ira Unschuld’s Brant Point Investment 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.