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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About LSI Industries, Inc. (LYTS)

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With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was LSI Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS).

Is LSI Industries, Inc. an exceptional investment now? The stock has surged by 60% since the beginning of 2015 and prominent investors are taking a bullish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions increased by 3 recently. However, the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQNM), Charter Financial Corp (NASDAQ:CHFN), and BHennessy Capital Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:BLBD) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to go over the latest action regarding LSI Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS).

How are hedge funds trading LSI Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 43% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the biggest position in LSI Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS), worth close to $19.1 million, amounting to 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is SG Capital Management, managed by Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider, which holds a $5.3 million position; the fund has 1.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors and John Overdeck, and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

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