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 a 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.
Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 44 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. At the end of this article we will also compare TGT to other stocks, including BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), HDFC Bank Limited (ADR) (NYSE:HDB), and The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the key action encompassing Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT).
How are hedge funds trading Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 44 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged over the quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Clifford Fox, holds the biggest position in Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT). Columbus Circle Investors has a $236.6 million position in the stock, comprising 1.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which holds a $235.8 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.