NOW Inc (DNOW): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

In this article, we are going to take a look at the latest hedge fund activity surrounding NOW Inc (NYSE:DNOW). Overall, during the third quarter, the stock registered a decrease in hedge fund interest. There were 16 funds in our database with holdings in DNOW at the end of September, compared to 18 funds at the end of June. 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 The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT), Parkway Properties Inc (NYSE:PKY), and Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with NOW Inc (NYSE:DNOW)?

At the end of the third quarter, 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on NOW Inc (NYSE:DNOW), which represents a decrease of 11% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 16 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DNOW heading into this year. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Arlington Value Capital, led by Allan Mecham and Ben Raybould, holds the biggest position in NOW Inc (NYSE:DNOW). Arlington Value Capital has a $75.8 million position in the stock, comprising 8.8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, with a $39.1 million position. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. We should note that Arlington Value Capital 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.

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