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Is Cray Inc. (CRAY) a Good Stock to Buy?

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAY) investors should be aware of a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. CRAY was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with CRAY positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY), Hertz Global Holdings Inc (NYSE:HRI), and Advanced Accelerator Application SA(ADR) (NASDAQ:AAAP) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAY)

At Q3’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 28% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 14 hedge funds with a bullish position in CRAY at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the largest position in Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAY), worth close to $8.3 million. The second largest stake is held by Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $5.3 million position. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments. 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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