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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Korn/Ferry International (KFY)

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Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. Our calculations also showed that KFY isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Chuck Royce

We’re going to take a glance at the latest hedge fund action encompassing Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY).

How are hedge funds trading Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY)?

At Q4’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 5% from the second quarter of 2018. On the other hand, there were a total of 22 hedge funds with a bullish position in KFY a year ago. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Among these funds, GLG Partners held the most valuable stake in Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), which was worth $31.5 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Royce & Associates which amassed $15.1 million worth of shares. Moreover, Renaissance Technologies, Citadel Investment Group, and AQR Capital Management were also bullish on Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

As industrywide interest jumped, key money managers have jumped into Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) headfirst. Algert Coldiron Investors, managed by Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron, assembled the most outsized position in Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY). Algert Coldiron Investors had $1.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Minhua Zhang’s Weld Capital Management also made a $0.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new KFY investors: Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, Hoon Kim’s Quantinno Capital, and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) but similarly valued. These stocks are Eldorado Gold Corp (NYSE:EGO), Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE:AUY), NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS), and Penn National Gaming, Inc (NASDAQ:PENN). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to KFY’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
EGO 8 4288 -1
AUY 19 78472 1
NS 2 4998 0
PENN 18 103334 -6
Average 11.75 47773 -1.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 11.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $48 million. That figure was $78 million in KFY’s case. Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE:AUY) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on KFY, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 18.7% and outperformed the market as well.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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