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Is Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW) a buy right now? Prominent investors are really taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings experienced an increase of 1 lately. MWWwas in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with MWW positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MWW to other stocks including Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. (NASDAQ:NVMI), Voyager Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:VYGR), and BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:BSTC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s take a gander at the latest action surrounding Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW).
How have hedgies been trading Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 5% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards MWW over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, D E Shaw, led by D. E. Shaw, holds the largest position in Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW). D E Shaw has a $11.2 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Jericho Capital Asset Management, led by Josh Resnick, holding a $9.8 million position; 0.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, John Paulson’s Paulson & Co and Robert Emil Zoellner’s Alpine Associates. 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.