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Is Fanhua Inc (ADR) (FANH) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Fanhua Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:FANH).

Fanhua Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:FANH) investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. FANH was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with FANH positions at the end of the second quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FANH to other stocks including TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSEAMEX:TA), Phoenix New Media Ltd ADR (NYSE:FENG), and Golden Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ:GDEN) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in Fanhua Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:FANH)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 13% dip from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards FANH over the last 5 quarters, which doubled over a 2-quarter stretch between Q3 2015 and Q1 2016. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital has the largest position in Fanhua Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:FANH), worth close to $2.3 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, holding a $1 million position. Other professional money managers that are bullish encompass Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners, D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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-micro-cap stocks.

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