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Is Manning and Napier Inc (NYSE:MN) a bargain? Money managers are definitely selling. The number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings shrunk by 1 recently. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with MN positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MN to other stocks including Cell Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:CTIC), Energy Fuels Inc Ordinary Shares (Canada) (NYSEMKT:UUUU), and Neos Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:NEOS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to review the recent action encompassing Manning and Napier Inc (NYSE:MN).
How have hedgies been trading Manning and Napier Inc (NYSE:MN)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -9% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 10 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in MN heading into this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, John W. Rogers of Ariel Investments holds the largest position in Manning and Napier Inc (NYSE:MN). Ariel Investments has a $10 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Ariel Investments’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holding a $7.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish contain Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.