Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.
Chimera Investment Corporation (NYSE:CIM) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. CIM investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with CIM holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CIM to other stocks including RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI), Tech Data Corp (NASDAQ:TECD), and Spirit Airlines Incorporated (NASDAQ:SAVE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Chimera Investment Corporation (NYSE:CIM)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by 15% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 14 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CIM heading into this year. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors has the most valuable position in Chimera Investment Corporation (NYSE:CIM), worth close to $47 million, corresponding to 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital, with a $42 million position. Remaining peers with similar optimism comprise John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.