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Is CorVel Corporation (CRVL) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Is CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ:CRVL) a buy right now? Money managers are really taking a pessimistic view. The number of long hedge fund bets was slashed by 2 lately. At the end of this article we will also compare CRVL to other stocks including National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE:NSA), K2M Group Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:KTWO), and Just Energy Group, Inc. Ordinary Shares (Canada) (NYSE:JE) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ:CRVL)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 15% drop from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards CRVL over the last 5 quarters, which peaked in the middle of 2016. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the biggest position in CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ:CRVL). Renaissance Technologies has a $56.1 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holding a $3.4 million position. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Cliff Asness’ 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.

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