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Hedge fund interest in Ion Geophysical Corp (NYSE:IO) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator, especially considering a drop of 63.55% in the stock value of Ion Geophysical Corp (NYSE:IO). We will discuss more about the hedge funds that held positions in the company, at the end of the previous quarter.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action regarding Ion Geophysical Corp (NYSE:IO).
How are hedge funds trading Ion Geophysical Corp (NYSE:IO)?
At the end of September, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies holds the largest position in Ion Geophysical Corp (NYSE:IO). Renaissance Technologies has a $1 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Robert B. Gillam of McKinley Capital Management, with a $0.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.