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Hedge fund interest in Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare IVAC to other stocks including Luby’s, Inc. (NYSE:LUB), Civeo Corporation (Canada) (NYSE:CVEO), and Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:DRNA) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action regarding Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC).
How are hedge funds trading Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards IVAC 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.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $12.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Becker Drapkin Management, led by Matthew Drapkin and Steven R. Becker, holding a $5.9 million position; 14% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Renaissance Technologies, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. 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.