Reputable billionaire investors such as Nelson Peltz and David Tepper generate exorbitant profits for their wealthy accredited investors (a minimum of $1 million in investable assets would be required to invest in a hedge fund and most successful hedge funds won’t accept your savings unless you commit at least $5 million) by pinpointing winning small-cap stocks. There is little or no publicly-available information at all on some of these small companies, which makes it hard for an individual investor to pin down a winner within the small-cap space. However, hedge funds and other big asset managers can do the due diligence and analysis for you instead, thanks to their highly-skilled research teams and vast resources to conduct an appropriate evaluation process. Looking for potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks? We believe following the smart money is a good starting point.
Is Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR) undervalued? Prominent investors are in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets fell by 6 lately. 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 Charles River Laboratories (NYSE:CRL), AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), and Gramercy Property Trust Inc (NYSE:GPT) to gather more data points.
We follow over 700 hedge funds and other institutional investors and by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings, we identify stocks that they are collectively bullish on and develop investment strategies based on this data. One strategy that outperformed the market over the last year, involves selecting the 100 best-performing funds and identifying the 30 mid-cap stocks that they are collectively most bullish on. Over the past year, this strategy generated returns of 18%, topping the 8% gain registered by S&P 500 ETFs.
With all of this in mind, we’re going to check out the key action regarding Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR).
What have hedge funds been doing with Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down 15% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Viking Global, managed by Tiger Cub Andreas Halvorsen, holds the biggest position in Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR). The fund has a $304.9 million position in the stock, comprising 1.3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Millennium Management, led by Israel Englander, holding a $121.4 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that are bullish consist of D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Ryan Heslop and Ariel Warszawski’s Firefly Value Partners and John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital.