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.
In this article, we are going to take a look at Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS), which registered a decline in popularity among smart money investors in our database last quarter. In this way, 12 funds held shares of NLS at the end of September. 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 Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc (NYSE:PNK), Solaredge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SEDG), and The Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ:PRSC) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the latest action regarding Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS).
What does the smart money think about Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, compared to 21 funds a quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NLS over the last five quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the number one position in Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS), worth close to $17.8 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Headlands Capital, led by David Park, holding a $14.1 million position; the fund has 11.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Ken Fisher’s Fisher 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-microcap stocks.