Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.
One stock that saw an increase in popularity in the third quarter is Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH). Between July and September, the number of funds tracked by Insider Monkey long the stock went up by three to 17. 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 Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL), Penumbra Inc (NYSE:PEN), and Office Depot Inc (NYSE:ODP) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action encompassing Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH).
How have hedgies been trading Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH), which represents an increase of 21% from the end of the second quarter. By comparison, 17 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in VSH heading into 2016. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH). Royce & Associates has a $101.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, which reported a $70.7 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism encompass Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Howard Marks’s Oaktree Capital Management and Ernest Chow and Jonathan Howe’s Sensato Capital Management. We should note that Sensato Capital Management is 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.