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Is Digi International Inc. (DGII) A Good Long-Term Holding?

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The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Digi International Inc. (NASDAQ:DGII).

Is Digi International Inc. (NASDAQ:DGII) ready to rally soon? The best stock pickers are taking a bearish view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went down by 1 lately. 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 AV Homes Inc (NASDAQ:AVHI), Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. (NYSEAMEX:CTO), and Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKT) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Digi International Inc. (NASDAQ:DGII)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 6% decline from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish positions in DGII over the last 5 quarters, which has remained in a narrow range throughout this year. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Digi International Inc. (NASDAQ:DGII). Royce & Associates has a $4.9 million position in the stock. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Ariel Investments, led by John W. Rogers, holding a $4 million position. Other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Dacid E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet 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.

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