Amid an overall market correction, many stocks that smart money investors were collectively bullish on tanked during the third quarter. Among them, Valeant and Micron ranked among the top 30 picks and both lost around 20%. Citigroup, which was the third most popular stock, lost 10% amid uncertainty regarding the interest rates. Nevertheless, our research shows that most of the stocks that smart money likes historically generate strong risk-adjusted returns. This is why following the smart money sentiment is a useful tool at identifying the next stock to invest in.
Is John Wiley & Sons Inc (NYSE:JW.A) ready to rally soon? The stock of the publishing company lost 15% in the first nine months of the year, which led to the best stock pickers reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets decreased by 7 between July and September. At the end of this article we will also compare JW to other stocks, including Columbia Property Trust Inc (NYSE:CXP), Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP), and Mentor Graphics Corp (NASDAQ:MENT) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the key action encompassing John Wiley & Sons Inc (NYSE:JW.A).
Hedge fund activity in John Wiley & Sons Inc (NYSE:JW.A)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 32% over the quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the most valuable position in John Wiley & Sons Inc (NYSE:JW.A), worth close to $61.1 million, accounting for 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, which holds a $13.1 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.