Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.
Infoblox Inc (NYSE:BLOX) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 29 hedge funds in our system with BLOX shares on September 30, up from 25 on June 30. At the end of this article we will also compare BLOX to other stocks including Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN), Multi-Color Corporation (NASDAQ:LABL), and Abaxis Inc (NASDAQ:ABAX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Infoblox Inc (NYSE:BLOX)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a jump of 16% from one quarter earlier, pushing hedge fund ownership to its highest point in the last quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Starboard Value LP, managed by Jeffrey Smith, holds the largest position in Infoblox Inc (NYSE:BLOX). The activist fund has a $73.8 million position in the stock, comprising 2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies holding a $46 million position. Other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Ryan Frick and Oliver Evans’ Dorsal Capital Management, Matthew Knauer and Mina Faltas’ Nokota Management, and Jonathan Auerbach’s Hound Partners.