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STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ:STAA) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September, same as at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare STAA to other stocks including Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR), The York Water Company (NASDAQ:YORW), and Moneygram International Inc (NYSE:MGI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ:STAA)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in the number of bullish hedge fund positions in STAA over the last 5 quarters, which rose by 50% between September 30, 2015 and March 31, 2016. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Broadwood Capital, led by Neal C. Bradsher, holds the largest position in STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ:STAA). Broadwood Capital has a $102 million position in the stock, comprising 17.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is William Leland Edwards of Palo Alto Investors, with a $30.5 million position; 1.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish contain Constantinos J. Christofilis’ Archon Capital Management, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Mark Coe’s Coe 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-micro-cap stocks.