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Here’s the Smart Money’s Take On Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (HSII)

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Is Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII) a buy, sell, or hold? Money managers are indeed actually turning less bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings contracted by 2 in recent months. HSII was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with HSII positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HSII to other stocks including Rockwell Medical Inc (NASDAQ:RMTI), Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ:CLMT), and Akebia Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:AKBA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 13% drop from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HSII over the last 5 quarters, which has trended down slightly. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing 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, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the most valuable position in Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII), worth close to $20.2 million. Coming in second is Stadium Capital Management, led by Alexander Medina Seaver, which holds an $11 million position; the fund has 3.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of Gregory Summe’s Glen Capital Partners, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. 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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