There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other successful funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze KVH Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KVHI).
KVH Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KVHI) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September, same as at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare KVHI to other stocks including Genocea Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:GNCA), Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE:GNE), and Willdan Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WLDN) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How are hedge funds trading KVH Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KVHI)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards KVHI over the last 5 quarters, which steadily declined in the three quarter prior to Q3. So, let’s examine 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, Thomas E. Claugus’ GMT Capital has the biggest position in KVH Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KVHI), worth close to $8.1 million. On GMT Capital’s heels is Harvey Partners, led by Jeffrey Moskowitz, holding a $3.1 million position; the fund has 3.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Brandon Osten’s Venator Capital Management, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates. We should note that Harvey Partners is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds, which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.