Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO).
Is Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO) a splendid investment right now? Money managers are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund bets inched up by 3 recently. TWO was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with TWO 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 Black Stone Minerals LP (NYSE:BSM), Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART), and Urban Edge Properties (NYSE:UE) to gather more data points.
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How are hedge funds trading Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a gain of 17% from one quarter earlier. Hedge fund ownership has remained stable over the last year, showing that many funds like it as a long-term holding. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Whitebox Advisors, managed by Andy Redleaf, holds the largest position in Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO). Whitebox Advisors has a $20.8 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Charles Clough of Clough Capital Partners, with an $18.9 million position; 1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers with similar optimism encompass Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.