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.
One of the stocks that registered an increase in popularity among hedge funds is Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD), in which 54 funds tracked by us held shares at the end of September, up from 50 funds at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RAD to other stocks including Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VAR), Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc (NYSE:Q), and UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the key action encompassing Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD).
Hedge fund activity in Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD)
At the end of the third quarter, 54 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Rite Aid Corporation, an increase of 8% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Arrowgrass Capital Partners, managed by Nick Niell, holds the largest position in Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD). Arrowgrass Capital Partners has a $185.4 million position in the stock, comprising 2.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Matthew Halbower’s Pentwater Capital Management, with a $153.8 million position; the fund has 1.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism contain David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital and Shane Finemore’s Manikay Partners.
As industrywide interest jumped, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Highfields Capital Management, led by Jonathon Jacobson, assembled the biggest position in Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD). Highfields Capital Management had $100 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Singer’s Elliott Management also initiated a $24.5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Eric Mindich’s Eton Park Capital, Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann’s TIG Advisors, and Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) but similarly valued. These stocks are Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VAR), Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc (NYSE:Q), and UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI). This group of stocks’ market values are closest to RAD’s market value.
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On average, 22 funds from our database held shares of each of these stocks at the end of September, while the average amount invested amounts to $584.10 million. On the other hand, in Rite Aid Corporation, the 54 funds amassed $1.30 billion at the end of September. Among the stocks from the table, Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc (NYSE:Q) was the most popular, while Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VAR) is the least popular one with only 15 funds holding shares. As we can see, Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) is considerably more popular than these stocks, which suggests that it may represent a good addition to your portfolio, although more research may be required.