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Are Hedge Funds Holding A Winner in Carbonite Inc (CARB)?

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The elite funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Carbonite Inc (NASDAQ:CARB) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Carbonite Inc (NASDAQ:CARB) investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. CARB was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with CARB positions 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 Everyday Health Inc (NYSE:EVDY), First Connecticut Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:FBNK), and LeMaitre Vascular Inc (NASDAQ:LMAT) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading Carbonite Inc (NASDAQ:CARB)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 4% dip from the previous quarter, which followed a 44% Q2 surge in ownership. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Crosslink Capital, managed by Seymour Sy Kaufman and Michael Stark, holds the most valuable position in Carbonite Inc (NASDAQ:CARB). Crosslink Capital has a $28.8 million position in the stock, comprising 5.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $25.8 million position. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Brett Hendrickson’s Nokomis Capital, Josh Goldberg’s G2 Investment Partners Management and Brian C. Freckmann’s Lyon Street Capital.

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