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Is Agilysys, Inc. (AGYS) a Good Stock to Buy?

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At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.

Is Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS) a bargain? The smart money is definitely selling. The number of bullish hedge fund positions retreated by 1 lately. AGYS was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with AGYS holdings at the end of the previous 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 Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE:DCO), OvaScience Inc (NASDAQ:OVAS), and Bluerock Residential Growth REIT Inc (NYSEMKT:BRG) to gather more data points.

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How are hedge funds trading Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by 11% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards AGYS over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Michael Kaufman’s MAK Capital One has the most valuable position in Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS), worth close to $78.5 million, corresponding to 50.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Robert G. Moses of RGM Capital holding a $25.3 million position; 2.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which is one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Jack Ripsteen’s Potrero Capital Research and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates. We should note that two of these hedge funds (RGM Capital and Potrero Capital Research) 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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