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Is Healthcare Services Group, Inc. (HCSG) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Is Healthcare Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCSG) an exceptional investment today? The smart money is actually becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund bets improved by 3 recently. HCSG was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with HCSG holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HCSG to other stocks including Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ:LSTR), Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT), and Mentor Graphics Corp (NASDAQ:MENT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Healthcare Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCSG)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 60% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HCSG over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in Healthcare Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCSG). Royce & Associates has a $12.9 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Marshall Wace LLP, led by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, which holds a $5.4 million position. Some other professional money managers that are bullish comprise Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital, 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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