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AlarmCom Hldg Inc (NASDAQ:ALRM) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with ALRM positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ALRM to other stocks including Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Ltd (NYSE:NTB), American Axle & Manufact. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AXL), and American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to review the fresh action surrounding AlarmCom Hldg Inc (NASDAQ:ALRM).
How have hedgies been trading AlarmCom Hldg Inc (NASDAQ:ALRM)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 33% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ALRM over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Bares Capital Management, led by Brian Bares, holds the number one position in AlarmCom Hldg Inc (NASDAQ:ALRM). Bares Capital Management has a $40 million position in the stock, comprising 2.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Akre Capital Management, led by Charles Akre, holding a $11.5 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management. 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.