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Is Finisar Corporation (FNSR) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. FNSR was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with FNSR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FNSR to other stocks including KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR), Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN), and Balchem Corporation (NASDAQ:BCPC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s take a look at the new action surrounding Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR).

How are hedge funds trading Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 5% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management has the largest position in Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR), worth close to $124.6 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, a quant hedge fund, holding a $98.9 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions comprise Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds were among our list of 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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