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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Piper Jaffray Companies (PJC)

Is Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC) a good investment right now? We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, expert networks, and get tips from investment bankers and industry insiders. Sure they sometimes fail miserably but historically their consensus stock picks outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.

Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. PJC was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of December. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with PJC positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that PJC isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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FISHER ASSET MANAGEMENT

We’re going to check out the fresh hedge fund action regarding Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC).

What does the smart money think about Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -29% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in PJC over the last 14 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.

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The largest stake in Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $30.1 million worth of stock at the end of December. It was followed by Fisher Asset Management with a $6.9 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Arrowstreet Capital, Millennium Management, and AQR Capital Management.

Seeing as Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC) has faced falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there were a few fund managers that decided to sell off their entire stakes last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management dumped the biggest stake of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $0.8 million in call options. Ken Griffin’s fund, Citadel Investment Group, also dropped its call options, about $0.3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds last quarter.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC) but similarly valued. We will take a look at SeaDrill Limited (NYSE:SDRL), ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS), Baytex Energy Corp (NYSE:BTE), and First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC). All of these stocks’ market caps match PJC’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SDRL 22 320606 -2
PLUS 13 25055 3
BTE 12 52663 -9
FBNC 16 94672 0
Average 15.75 123249 -2

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 15.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $123 million. That figure was $39 million in PJC’s case. SeaDrill Limited (NYSE:SDRL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Baytex Energy Corp (NYSE:BTE) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC) is even less popular than BTE. 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. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on PJC, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 18.4% and outperformed the market as well.

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

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