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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Akamai Technologies, Inc. (AKAM)

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With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM).

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. At the end of this article we will also compare AKAM to other stocks including Macerich Co (NYSE:MAC), Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA), and CA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the recent action surrounding Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM).

How are hedge funds trading Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -5% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Blue Harbour Group, managed by Clifton S. Robbins, holds the largest position in Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM). Blue Harbour Group has an $256.9 million position in the stock, comprising 8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Philippe Laffont of Coatue Management, with an $174.3 million position; the fund has 2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish contain Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, David Goel and Paul Ferri’s Matrix Capital Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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