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Hedge fund interest in B. Riley Financial Inc (NASDAQ:RILY) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Handy and Harman Ltd (NASDAQ:HNH), Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ:ITEK), and Amber Road Inc (NYSE:AMBR) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action surrounding B. Riley Financial Inc (NASDAQ:RILY).
How have hedgies been trading B. Riley Financial Inc (NASDAQ:RILY)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards RILY over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Paul Singer’s Elliott Management has the largest position in B. Riley Financial Inc (NASDAQ:RILY), worth close to $30.8 million, comprising 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Brett Hendrickson of Nokomis Capital, with a $17.9 million position; 3.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers with similar optimism encompass John Fichthorn’s Dialectic Capital Management, Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners and J. Carlo Cannell’s Cannell Capital. 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.