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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Synopsys, Inc. (SNPS)

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Hedge funds run by legendary names like Nelson Peltz and David Tepper make billions of dollars a year for themselves and their super-rich accredited investors (you’ve got to have a minimum of $1 million liquid to invest in a hedge fund) by spending enormous resources on analyzing and uncovering data about small-cap stocks that the big brokerage houses don’t follow. Small caps are where they can generate significant out-performance. These stocks have been on a tear since the end of June, outperforming large-cap index funds by more than 10 percentage points. That’s why we pay special attention to hedge fund activity in these stocks.

Is Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS) going to take off soon? Investors who are in the know are becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund bets advanced by 1 recently. SNPS was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with SNPS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SNPS to other stocks including Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG), Regency Centers Corp (NYSE:REG), and Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc (NYSE:CCE) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the new action surrounding Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS).

Hedge fund activity in Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 5% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Panayotis Takis Sparaggis’s Alkeon Capital Management has the number one position in Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS), worth close to $199.5 million, corresponding to 3.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $94.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

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