It seems that the masses and most of the financial media hate hedge funds and what they do, but why is this hatred of hedge funds so prominent? At the end of the day, these asset management firms do not gamble the hard-earned money of the people who are on the edge of poverty. Truth be told, most hedge fund managers and other smaller players within this industry are very smart and skilled investors. Of course, they may also make wrong bets in some instances, but no one knows what the future holds and how market participants will react to the bountiful news that floods in each day. The S&P 500 Index gained 7.6% in the 12 month-period that ended November 21, while less than 49% of its stocks beat the benchmark. In contrast, the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks among the top hedge fund investors tracked by the Insider Monkey team returned 18% over the same period, which provides evidence that these money managers do have great stock picking abilities. That’s why we believe it isn’t a waste of time to check out hedge fund sentiment before you invest in a stock like Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ:XNET) .
Is Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ:XNET) a great investment today? Money managers are categorically actually turning less bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund investments fell by 2 in recent months. XNET was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with XNET positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare XNET to other stocks including KVH Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KVHI), Genocea Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:GNCA), and Genie Energy Ltd (NYSE:GNE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
At Insider Monkey, we’ve developed an investment strategy that has delivered market-beating returns over the past 12 months. Our strategy identifies the 100 best-performing funds of the previous quarter from among the collection of 700+ successful funds that we track in our database, which we accomplish using our returns methodology. We then study the portfolios of those 100 funds using the latest 13F data to uncover the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks (market caps of between $1 billion and $10 billion) among them to hold until the next filing period. This strategy delivered 18% gains over the past 12 months, more than doubling the 8% returns enjoyed by the S&P 500 ETFs.
With all of this in mind, we’re going to review the fresh action surrounding Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ:XNET).
What have hedge funds been doing with Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ:XNET)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -22% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 5 hedge funds with a bullish position in XNET at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Hillhouse Capital Management, led by Lei Zhang, holds the number one position in Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ:XNET). Hillhouse Capital Management has a $2.2 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. On Hillhouse Capital Management’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, holding a $1.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish contain Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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.