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FEI Company (FEIC): Hedge Funds Are Snapping Up

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Insider Monkey finished processing more than 700 13F filings made by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds’ portfolio positions as of September 30. What do these smart investors think about FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC)?

FEI Company was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. FEIC has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest lately. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with FEIC 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 Catalent Inc (NYSE:CTLT), HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI), and New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE:NRZ) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s check out the new action surrounding FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC).

How have hedgies been trading FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 15% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management has the largest position in FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC), worth close to $64.5 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Gotham Asset Management, led by Joel Greenblatt, holding a $19.3 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

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