Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.
This article will discuss the latest hedge fund activity surrounding Flotek Industries Inc (NYSE:FTK). During the third quarter, the number of funds tracked by us bullish on FTK surged by five to 16. At the end of this article we will also compare FTK to other stocks including National Western Life Insurance Company (NASDAQ:NWLI), Re/Max Holdings Inc (NYSE:RMAX), and Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:FSC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s take a look at the key action encompassing Flotek Industries Inc (NYSE:FTK).
What have hedge funds been doing with Flotek Industries Inc (NYSE:FTK)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, 16 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Flotek Industries, a rise of 45% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in FTK over the last five quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jeffrey Gates’ Gates Capital Management holds the most valuable position in Flotek Industries Inc (NYSE:FTK) which is valued at $81.3 million, comprising 2.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $53.7 million position. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish comprise William Harnisch’s Peconic Partners LLC, Solomon Kumin’s Folger Hill Asset Management, and Andy Redleaf’s Whitebox Advisors. We’d like to point out an interesting observation. Three 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.