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Is Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPAA) going to take off soon? Investors who are in the know are undoubtedly taking a bearish view. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings suffered a reduction of 5 in recent months. MPAA was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with MPAA holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MPAA to other stocks including Sabine Royalty Trust (NYSE:SBR), MDC Partners Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:MDCA), and Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the key action surrounding Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPAA).
Hedge fund activity in Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPAA)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -33% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 18 hedge funds with a bullish position in MPAA at the beginning of this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s elite fund database, Debra Fine’s Fine Capital Partners has the biggest position in Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPAA), worth close to $52.2 million, accounting for 5.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On Fine Capital Partners’s heels is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates holding a $4.5 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies which is one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Bernard Horn’s Polaris Capital Management and Adam Wright and Gary Kohler’s Blue Clay Capital. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.