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How HMS Holdings Corp (HMSY) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:HMSY).

HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:HMSY) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. 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 Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE), Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSM), and Nelnet, Inc. (NYSE:NNI) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:HMSY)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. Hedge fund ownership has yet to rebound to its level of one year ago. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, D E Shaw, founded by David E. Shaw has the largest position in HMS Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:HMSY), worth close to $20.3 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Carson Yost of Yost Capital Management, with a $19.9 million position; 10.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions comprise Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.

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