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InnerWorkings, Inc. (INWK): Is It A Good Stock To Buy?

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The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ:INWK).

InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ:INWK) registered a slight increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 12 funds in our database with INWK positions at the end of September. 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 Chromcraft Revington, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:CRC), Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE), and CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s analyze the latest action encompassing InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ:INWK).

Hedge fund activity in InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ:INWK)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 9% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of seven hedge funds with a bullish position in INWK at the beginning of this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, David Park’s Headlands Capital has the largest position in InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ:INWK), worth close to $24.8 million, comprising 19.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Rutabaga Capital Management, led by Peter Schliemann, which holds a $15.8 million position; the fund has 3.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, 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.

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