At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.
Is SeaChange International (NASDAQ:SEAC) ready to rally soon? Hedge funds are actually becoming less hopeful. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings fell by 1 recently. SEAC was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with SEAC 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 CDI Corp. (NYSE:CDI), Sequans Communications SA ADR (NYSE:SQNS), and GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ:GSVC) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in SeaChange International (NASDAQ:SEAC)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by 10% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SEAC over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Ariel Investments, led by John W. Rogers, holds the most valuable position in SeaChange International (NASDAQ:SEAC). Ariel Investments has a $14.5 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, which holds a $8.1 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, John Zaro’s Bourgeon Capital and Israel Englander’s Millennium 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.