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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Monster Worldwide, Inc. (MWW)

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Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. MWW was in 31 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with MWW holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Entravision Communication (NYSE:EVC), National Presto Industries Inc. (NYSE:NPK), and CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s view the key action surrounding Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW).

How have hedgies been trading Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 31 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 29% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, holds the largest position in Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW), worth roughly $20.1 million and comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On D E Shaw’s heels is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $15.8 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management, Brett Hendrickson’s Nokomis Capital and Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management.

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