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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Herman Miller, Inc. (MLHR)

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The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR) .

Is Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Money managers are reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings went down by 4 recently. MLHR was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with MLHR 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 John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE:JBT), RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ:RP), and Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 20% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 19 hedge funds with a bullish position in MLHR at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the number one position in Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR), worth close to $47.9 million. The second largest stake is held by Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $35 million position. Some other peers with similar optimism consist of Tom Russo’s Gardner Russo & Gardner, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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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