Is Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) a good bet right now? We like to analyze hedge fund sentiment before doing days of in-depth research. We do so because hedge funds and other elite investors have numerous Ivy League graduates, expert network advisers, and supply chain tipsters working or consulting for them. There is not a shortage of news stories covering failed hedge fund investments (for some reason media paid a ton of attention to Ackman’s gigantic JC Penney and Valeant failures) and it is a fact that hedge funds’ picks don’t beat the market 100% of the time, but their consensus picks have historically done very well and have outperformed the market after adjusting for risk.
Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) has seen a slight increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) holdings 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 Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE:AHT), General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC), and Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action regarding Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM).
Hedge fund activity in Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM)
At the end of Q3, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an increase of 9% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM). Royce & Associates has a $13.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Dorset Management, led by David M. Knott, holding a $2.1 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Charles Paquelet’s Skylands Capital, Renaissance Technologies and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors.