Looking for high-potential stocks? Just follow the big players within the hedge fund industry. Why should you do so? Let’s take a brief look at what statistics have to say about hedge funds’ stock picking abilities to illustrate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned approximately 7.6% in the 12 months ending November 21, with more than 51% of the stocks in the index failing to beat the benchmark. Therefore, the odds that one will pin down a winner by randomly picking a stock are less than the odds in a fair coin-tossing game. Conversely, best performing hedge funds’ 30 preferred mid-cap stocks generated a return of 18% during the same 12-month period. Coincidence? It might happen to be so, but it is unlikely. Our research covering a 17-year period indicates that hedge funds’ stock picks generate superior risk-adjusted returns. That’s why we believe it is wise to check hedge fund activity before you invest your time or your savings on a stock like Dycom Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DY).
Is Dycom Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DY) undervalued? Money managers are surely turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings inched up by 2 in recent months. DY was in 34 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 32 hedge funds in our database with DY holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare DY to other stocks including Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSOD), Performance Food Group Co (NYSE:PFGC), and ENSCO PLC (NYSE:ESV) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about Dycom Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DY)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 6% uptick from the second quarter of 2016. There were a total of 30 hedge funds with a bullish position in DY at the beginning of this year, so ownership has also ticked up overall in 2016. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Peconic Partners LLC, led by William Harnisch, holds the biggest position in Dycom Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DY). Peconic Partners LLC has a $178.1 million position in the stock, comprising 22.5% of its 13F portfolio. On Peconic Partners LLC’s heels is James Dinan of York Capital Management, with an $80 million position; the fund has 2.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management, and Richard S. Meisenberg’s ACK Asset Management. We should note that Peconic Partners LLC is 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.