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.
Pan American Silver Corp. (USA) (NASDAQ:PAAS) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with PAAS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare PAAS to other stocks including Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE:OFC), Stantec Inc. (USA) (NYSE:STN), and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE:LPX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the recent action surrounding Pan American Silver Corp. (USA) (NASDAQ:PAAS).
Hedge fund activity in Pan American Silver Corp. (USA) (NASDAQ:PAAS)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 18% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards PAAS over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in Pan American Silver Corp. (USA) (NASDAQ:PAAS), worth close to $76.2 million, corresponding to 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by D E Shaw, another quant hedge fund, holding a $21.8 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP. We should note that none of these hedge funds 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.