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Hedge Funds Are Fans of Hooker Furniture Corporation (HOFT)

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Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ:HOFT) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016, same as at the end of Q2. 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 Oxford Immunotec Global PLC (NASDAQ:OXFD), Community Healthcare Trust Inc (NYSE:CHCT), and InVitae Corp (NYSE:NVTA) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ:HOFT)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HOFT over the last 5 quarters, which has remained nearly unchanged. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates holds the biggest position in Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ:HOFT), valued at $40.8 million in stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Stephen Feinberg’s Cerberus Capital Management, which holds a $13.7 million position; the fund has 2.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. 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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