Concerns over a shift in Fed’s easy monetary policy have hit several hedge funds hard during the third quarter. A number of sectors are in correction territory. More importantly, Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points between June 25, 2015 and October 30, 2015. Hedge funds and institutional investors tracked by Insider Monkey usually invest a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks. We have been receiving indications that hedge funds were paring back their overall exposure and this is one of the factors behind the recent movements in major indices. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedge fund sentiment towards Cato Corp (NYSE:CATO).
Cato Corp (NYSE:CATO) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. CATO was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with CATO 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 The Andersons, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANDE), Stewart Information Services Corp (NYSE:STC), and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:OLLI) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the new action regarding Cato Corp (NYSE:CATO).
What have hedge funds been doing with Cato Corp (NYSE:CATO)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -8% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the most valuable position in Cato Corp (NYSE:CATO), worth close to $80.8 million, corresponding to 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Joel Greenblatt of Gotham Asset Management, with a $9.4 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and D E Shaw.