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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Syntel, Inc. (SYNT) Anymore

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Syntel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNT) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Syntel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNT) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with SYNT positions at the end of the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SYNT to other stocks including Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN), Shopify Inc (NYSE:SHOP), and AU Optronics Corp. (ADR) (NYSE:AUO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in Syntel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNT)

At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 17% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 15 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SYNT heading into this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the 10 biggest hedge funds in the world, has the largest position in Syntel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNT), worth close to $28.5 million. Coming in second is Ernest Chow and Jonathan Howe of Sensato Capital Management, with a $8.2 million position; the fund has 1.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. We should note that Sensato Capital Management is 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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