The equity market returns were very disappointing in the third quarter, “thanks” to the slowdown of China’s economy and the weaker-than-expected U.S economic data. It was not entirely clear whether the broader market sell-off made U.S equity valuations undervalued, but it definitely made them more attractive. It is worth mentioning that the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) underperformed the broad-market S&P 500 ETF by more than 14 percentage points during the period of June 25 through October 30, which clearly points to the fact that most investors, including hedge fund firms and institutional investors, heavily cut their exposure to high-potential (but seemingly riskier) small-cap stocks during the bloody third quarter. So let’s take a glance at the smart money sentiment towards California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT) and see how it was affected during this time.
California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. California Water Service Group was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with California Water Service Group holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Sibanye Gold Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:SBGL), Renren Inc (NYSE:RENN), and TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ:GLBL) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the new action regarding California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT).
How have hedgies been trading California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 33% plunge from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ian Simm’s Impax Asset Management has the biggest position in California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT), worth close to $40.6 million, accounting for 2.8% of its total 13F portfolio. On Impax Asset Management’s heels is Renaissance Technologies which holds an $8.9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.