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: Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI).
Is Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI) a bargain? The best stock pickers seem to be getting more confident. During the third quarter, the number of investors from our database long the stock inched up by one. At the end of this article we will also compare HOLI to other stocks including WMS Industries Inc. (NYSE:WMS), Magellan Health Services Inc (NASDAQ:MGLN), and Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action regarding Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI).
How are hedge funds trading Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Hollysys Automation Technologies, versus 14 funds at the end of June. By comparison, 13 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in HOLI heading into this year. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Hugh Sloane’s Sloane Robinson Investment Management has the number one position in Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI), worth close to $32.8 million, corresponding to 17.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Ian Simm’s Impax Asset Management, with a $26.7 million position; the fund has 1.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, and Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Sloane Robinson Investment Management and Impax Asset Management) 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.