Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility and underperformance. The time period between the end of June 2015 and the end of June 2016 was one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have been underperforming the large-cap indices. However, things have dramatically changed over the last 5 months. Small-cap stocks reversed their misfortune and beat the large cap indices by almost 11 percentage points since the end of June. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) .
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. CHD was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with CHD positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CHD to other stocks including Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), Kimco Realty Corp (NYSE:KIM), and Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE:NWL) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of 10% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 21 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CHD heading into this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the number one position in Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD), worth close to $92.1 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, which holds a $39.3 million position. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors. 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.