The Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has shot up by 38% since hitting a 52-week low on February 11, easily outdistancing the S&P 500 ETF (SPY)’s 19% gains during that time. Nor is the small-cap rally likely to be over. History shows that after periods of 15% or greater declines in the Russell 2000 ETF, it has responded with average gains of nearly 100%. In fact, only once did the rebound run come in below 60% gains. It’s no wonder then that hedge funds appear to be aggressively putting their money back into small-cap stocks. In this article, we’ll look at their Q3 trading habits in regards to QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM).
QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) was in 69 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. QCOM investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 48 hedge funds in our database with QCOM positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE:DEO), Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE:RAI), and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) to gather more data points.
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What have hedge funds been doing with QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 69 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 44% jump from the previous quarter, boosting hedge fund ownership to near its Q4 2015 level. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, William B. Gray’s Orbis Investment Management has the number one position in QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), worth close to $1.1102 billion, accounting for 7.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, with a $663.9 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish encompass David Blood and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and John H. Scully’s SPO Advisory Corp.