You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.
Landauer, Inc. (NYSE:LDR) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. LDR investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with LDR holdings at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare LDR to other stocks including Advaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADXS), China Yuchai International Limited (NYSE:CYD), and Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE:RFP) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about Landauer, Inc. (NYSE:LDR)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 33% rise from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish positions in LDR over the last 5 quarters, which has hit its yearly high as of September 30. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the most valuable position in Landauer, Inc. (NYSE:LDR), worth close to $47.8 million. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holding an $8.3 million position. Some other peers that hold long positions consist of Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. 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.