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Do Hedge Funds Love Exponent, Inc. (EXPO)?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO) .

Is Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO) ready to rally soon? Prominent investors are categorically in a bearish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund investments were trimmed by 1 recently. EXPOwas in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with EXPO 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 Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc (NYSE:WAIR), Central Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ:CENT), and Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the key action surrounding Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO).

Hedge fund activity in Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO)

At Q3’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -11% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 9 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in EXPO heading into this year. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO), worth close to $28.7 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, which holds a $23.2 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management, Paul Hondros’s AlphaOne Capital Partners and one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, D E Shaw. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.

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