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Argan, Inc. (NYSE:AGX) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. AGX shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with AGX positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare AGX to other stocks including FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated (NYSE:FCH), Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVCO), and Eros International plc (NYSE:EROS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about Argan, Inc. (NYSE:AGX)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a gain of 31% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards AGX over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the number one position in Argan, Inc. (NYSE:AGX). Renaissance Technologies has a $55.3 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Huber Capital Management, led by Joe Huber, which holds a $11.2 million position. Some other peers that hold long positions contain Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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.