Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT).
Hedge fund interest in Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH), BRF Brasil Foods SA (ADR) (NYSE:BRFS), and Cimarex Energy Co (NYSE:XEC) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the key action encompassing Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT).
How have hedgies been trading Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Generation Investment Management, managed by David Blood and Al Gore, holds the largest position in Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $269.3 million position in the stock, comprising 2.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Robert Joseph Caruso of Select Equity Group, with a $116.4 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Brian Bares’s Bares Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP.