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Is Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HIMX) a worthy stock to buy now? Investors who are in the know are taking a pessimistic view. The number of long hedge fund positions retreated by 5 lately. 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 CoreSite Realty Corp (NYSE:COR), Dreamworks Animation Skg Inc (NASDAQ:DWA), and Penn National Gaming, Inc (NASDAQ:PENN) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s go over the recent action surrounding Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HIMX).
How have hedgies been trading Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HIMX)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -31% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Shannon River Fund Management, managed by Spencer M. Waxman, holds the largest position in Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HIMX). Shannon River Fund Management has a $29.5 million position in the stock, comprising 5.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Quentec Asset Management, led by Ken Hahn, holding a $15 million position; the fund has 2.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions comprise Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management.