A market correction in the third quarter, spurred by a number of global macroeconomic concerns ended up having a negative impact on the markets and many hedge funds as a result. The stocks of smaller companies were especially hard hit during this time as investors fled to investments seen as being safer. This is evident in the fact that the Russell 2000 ETF underperformed the S&P 500 ETF by 14 percentage points between June 25 and the end of October. We also received indications that hedge funds were trimming their positions amid the market volatility and uncertainty, and given their greater inclination towards smaller cap stocks than other investors, it follows that a stronger sell-off occurred in those stocks. Let’s study the hedge fund sentiment to see how those concerns affected their ownership of Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO) during the quarter.
Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO) has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. 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 Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd (USA) (NYSE:AAV), TPG Specialty Lending Inc (NYSE:TSLX), and Continental Building Products Inc (NYSE:CBPX) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to analyze the fresh action surrounding Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO).
Hedge fund activity in Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO)
At Q3’s end, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 27% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO), worth close to $9.3 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $5.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish comprise Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Charles Paquelet’s Skylands Capital and David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments.