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One stock that saw an increase in popularity among smart money in our database during the third quarter is CRA International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAI). At the end of September, 14 funds held shares of the company. 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 Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI), Invivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:NVIV), and Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to review the fresh action encompassing CRA International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAI).
How are hedge funds trading CRA International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAI)?
At the end of the third quarter, 14 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up by 17% from the end of the second quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards CRAI over the last five quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, John H Lewis’ Osmium Partners has the largest position in CRA International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAI), worth close to $8.8 million, corresponding to 7.3% of its total 13F portfolio. On Osmium Partners’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, which holds a $6.7 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include John W. Rogers’ Ariel Investments, Paul Hondros’ AlphaOne Capital Partners, 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.