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Is Insight Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSIT) a buy here? Hedge funds are becoming hopeful. NSIT was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with NSIT holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NSIT to other stocks including Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV), Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR), and Eros International plc (NYSE:EROS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Insight Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSIT)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a gain of 33% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NSIT over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management has the largest position in Insight Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSIT), worth close to $39.8 million. The second largest stake is held by Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $10.8 million position. Other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management and D. E. Shaw’s 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.