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.
Premier Inc (NASDAQ:PINC) was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. PINC investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with PINC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Lifelock Inc (NYSE:LOCK), HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY), and Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Premier Inc (NASDAQ:PINC)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a rise of 36% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 16 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in PINC heading into this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Panayotis Takis Sparaggis’ Alkeon Capital Management has the biggest position in Premier Inc (NASDAQ:PINC), worth close to $70.2 million, amounting to 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which holds a $51 million position. Remaining peers that hold long positions include Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management, and George McCabe’s Portolan Capital 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.