Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF).
WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF) investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. WETF was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with WETF positions at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare WETF to other stocks including Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW), GNC Holdings Inc (NYSE:GNC), and Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a fall of 18% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 14 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in WETF heading into this year, so there’s been an even sharper decline in hedge fund ownership in 2016. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the most valuable position in WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF), worth close to $11.8 million. Coming in second is Marshall Wace LLP, led by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, holding a $2.4 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management, D E Shaw, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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-micro-cap stocks.