There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other successful funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze WPP plc (NASDAQ:WPPGY).
WPP plc (NASDAQ:WPPGY) has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. WPPGY was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with WPPGY 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 Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE:EVR), Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE:HI), and NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE:NGL) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in WPP plc (NASDAQ:WPPGY)
At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a gain of 11% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in WPPGY over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management has the largest position in WPP plc (NASDAQ:WPPGY), worth close to $59.5 million. On Fisher Asset Management’s heels is Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital which holds a $46.7 million position. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions include J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which is one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. We should note that Forward Management is 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.