Smart Money Is Losing Confidence in Fluor Corporation (NEW) (FLR)

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Fluor Corporation (NEW) (NYSE:FLR) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Is Fluor Corporation (NEW) (NYSE:FLR) a buy right now? Prominent investors are taking a bearish view. The number of long hedge fund bets went down by 2 in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare FLR to other stocks including The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT), VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP), and Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd (NYSE:TRQ) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Fluor Corporation (NEW) (NYSE:FLR)?

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 drop of 8% from the previous quarter. While hedge fund ownership has trended down for 2 quarters, ownership has remained in a relatively narrow range for the past year. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Robert Bishop’s Impala Asset Management has the largest position in Fluor Corporation (NEW) (NYSE:FLR), worth close to $68.9 million, corresponding to 4.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $26.6 million position. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and John W. Rogers’ Ariel Investments.

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