It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in Noble Corporation Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE:NE).
Noble Corporation Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE:NE) was in 34 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. NE shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with NE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NE to other stocks including MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR), Rexnord Corp (NYSE:RXN), and Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the new action encompassing Noble Corporation Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE:NE).
What have hedge funds been doing with Noble Corporation Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE:NE)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 3% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Alyeska Investment Group, managed by Anand Parekh, holds the most valuable position in Noble Corporation Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE:NE). Alyeska Investment Group has a $57.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Firefly Value Partners, managed by Ryan Heslop and Ariel Warszawski, which holds a $42 million position; the fund has 5.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, and Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates.