It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH).
Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest lately. Among the funds in our database, 12 funds held shares of the company 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 First Midwest Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:FMBI), Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD), and Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s check out the new action regarding Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH).
What does the smart money think about Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up by one from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 9 hedge funds with a bullish position in PCH at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the largest position in Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH), worth close to $54.9 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Millennium Management, led by Israel Englander, holding a $7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Ira Unschuld’s Brant Point Investment Management and Ken Heebner’s Capital Growth 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.