We have been waiting for this for a year and finally the third quarter ended up showing a nice bump in the performance of small-cap stocks. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 were up since the end of the second quarter, but small-cap stocks outperformed the large-cap stocks by double digits. This is important for hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, because their investors started pulling some of their capital out due to poor recent performance. It is very likely that equity hedge funds will deliver better risk adjusted returns in the second half of this year. In this article we are going to look at how this recent market trend affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards ILG Inc (NASDAQ:ILG), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
ILG Inc (NASDAQ:ILG) investors should pay attention to a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 28 hedge funds in our database with ILG positions at the end of the second quarter, 8 more than there were three months later. At the end of this article we will also compare ILG to other stocks including Shopify Inc (NYSE:SHOP), Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH), and INC Research Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:INCR) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading ILG Inc (NASDAQ:ILG)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 29% slide from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 21 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in ILG heading into this year, so hedge fund sentiment is nearly flat for the year. So, let’s find 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, Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co. has the largest position in Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILG), worth close to $50 million, amounting to 1.9% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Eagle Capital Management, led by Boykin Curry, which holds a $46 million position. Other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, Howard Guberman’s Gruss Asset Management, and Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management. 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.