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Tech Data Corp (TECD) Hedge Funds Are Snapping Up

Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility. The one and a half month time period since the end of the third quarter is one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by about 4 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have seen some volatility in their portfolios too. Actually their moves are potentially one of the factors that contributed to this volatility. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of Tech Data Corp (NASDAQ:TECD).

Tech Data Corp (NASDAQ:TECD) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. TECD was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with TECD positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that TECD isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow, Blue Mountain Capital, BlueMountain Capital

Let’s analyze the recent hedge fund action encompassing Tech Data Corp (NASDAQ:TECD).

Hedge fund activity in Tech Data Corp (NASDAQ:TECD)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 18% from the second quarter of 2018. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in TECD over the last 13 quarters. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

TECD_dec2018

Among these funds, AQR Capital Management held the most valuable stake in Tech Data Corp (NASDAQ:TECD), which was worth $107.3 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was GLG Partners which amassed $13.7 million worth of shares. Moreover, Blue Mountain Capital, Engine Capital, and Ascend Capital were also bullish on Tech Data Corp (NASDAQ:TECD), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers have jumped into Tech Data Corp (NASDAQ:TECD) headfirst. Birch Run Capital, managed by Daniel Beltzman and Gergory Smith, initiated the most outsized position in Tech Data Corp (NASDAQ:TECD). Birch Run Capital had $5.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Alexander Roepers’s Atlantic Investment Management also initiated a $4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new TECD positions are Michael Platt and William Reeves’s BlueCrest Capital Mgmt., Mike Vranos’s Ellington, and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Tech Data Corp (NASDAQ:TECD) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE), Switch, Inc. (NYSE:SWCH), Visteon Corp (NASDAQ:VC), and argenx SE (NASDAQ:ARGX). This group of stocks’ market values resemble TECD’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CPE 26 341027 0
SWCH 12 161271 3
VC 22 354194 -6
ARGX 34 612491 11
Average 23.5 367246 2

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $367 million. That figure was $172 million in TECD’s case. argenx SE (NASDAQ:ARGX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Switch, Inc. (NYSE:SWCH) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Tech Data Corp (NASDAQ:TECD) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard ARGX might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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