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Is Actua Corp (ACTA) a Good Stock to Buy?

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It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in Actua Corp (NASDAQ:ACTA).

Hedge fund interest in Actua Corp (NASDAQ:ACTA) shares was flat at the end of last quarter, with 8 hedge funds bullish on the company. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare ACTA to other stocks including SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCLN), XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO), and General Communication, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNCMA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Actua Corp (NASDAQ:ACTA)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 7 hedge funds with a bullish position in ACTA at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the most valuable position in Actua Corp (NASDAQ:ACTA). Renaissance Technologies has a $7.1 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $5.8 million position. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, David Atterbury’s Whetstone Capital Advisors and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. We should note that Whetstone Capital Advisors 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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