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Is Align Technology, Inc. (ALGN) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. The second half of 2015 and the first few months of this year was a stressful period for hedge funds. However, things have been taking a turn for the better in the second half of this year. Small-cap stocks which hedge funds are usually overweight outperformed the market by double digits and it may be a good time to pay attention to hedge funds’ picks before it is too late. In this article we are going to analyze the hedge fund sentiment towards Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.

Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest lately. At the end of this article we will also compare ALGN to other stocks including CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT), Lamar Advertising Co (NASDAQ:LAMR), and Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s view the latest action surrounding Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN).

How have hedgies been trading Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 42% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital has the biggest position in Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN), worth close to $228.5 million, comprising 1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies holding an $88.5 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Principal Global Investors’s Columbus Circle Investors, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management.

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