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Is 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (CAFD) a Good Stock to Buy?

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There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other successful funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:CAFD).

At the end of September, 12 funds from the Insider Monkey database held shares of 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:CAFD). It’s worth mentioning that the stock registered an increase in popularity among smart money investors during the third 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 The Andersons, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANDE), Repligen Corporation (NASDAQ:RGEN), and Royce Value Trust Inc (NYSE:RVT) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a peek at the key action encompassing 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:CAFD).

Hedge fund activity in 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:CAFD)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, compared to eight funds a quarter earlier. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CAFD heading into this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ken Hahn’s Quentec Asset Management has the most valuable position in 8Point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:CAFD), worth close to $18.8 million, accounting for 2.6% of its total 13F portfolio. On Quentec Asset Management’s heels is Marshall Wace LLP, led by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, which holds a $9.8 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions comprise Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, Bernard Lambilliotte’s Ecofin Ltd, and Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Krochuk’s GRT Capital Partners. We should note that GRT Capital Partners is 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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