You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.
Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. ETR investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with ETR holdings 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 DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY), Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC), and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL) to gather more data points.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 4% boost from the previous quarter. Hedge fund ownership has remained relatively flat over the past two quarters, after witnessing more volatility in the 2 quarters prior to those. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, holds the largest position in Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR). AQR Capital Management has a $307.5 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, led by Jim Simons, holding a $247.4 million position. Other peers that hold long positions encompass Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Joe Huber’s Huber Capital Management.