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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (DRD)

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:DRD) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. DRD has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with DRD positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare DRD to other stocks including Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE:LEE), Pfenex Inc (NYSEMKT:PFNX), and EndoChoice Holdings Inc (NYSE:GI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to check out the recent action surrounding DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:DRD).

How have hedgies been trading DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:DRD)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 50% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards DRD over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the biggest position in DRDGOLD Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:DRD), worth close to $7.6 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’ heels is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, which holds a $3.9 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Louis Navellier’s Navellier & Associates and Michael Platt and William Reeves’ BlueCrest Capital Mgmt.. 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.

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