You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.
Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA) was in 29 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. TSRA shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 28 hedge funds in our database with TSRA positions 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 Chemours Co (NYSE:CC), Houlihan Lokey Inc (NYSE:HLI), and GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a rise of 4% from one quarter earlier. There have been small boosts in hedge fund ownership of the stock over the past 2 quarters, though ownership remains below where it was a year earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the most valuable position in Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA), worth close to $88.8 million. The second largest stake is held by Trigran Investments, managed by Douglas T. Granat, which holds a $49.2 million position; 12.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers with similar optimism contain Spencer M. Waxman’s Shannon River Fund Management, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, and David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.