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Is Newport Corporation (NEWP) Going to Burn These Bullish Investors?

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The worries about the economic slowdown in China and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases triggered several waves of equity sell-offs during the third quarter. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers had to stomach substantial losses during the bloody three-month period. Interestingly, smaller-cap stocks registered higher losses than large-capitalization stocks during the September quarter, suggesting that institutional investors heavily discarded seemingly riskier equities amid the high uncertainty and turmoil. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index lost 11.9% in the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark declined by 6.4%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Newport Corporation (NASDAQ:NEWP).

Newport Corporation (NASDAQ:NEWP) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. NEWP shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with NEWP holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NEWP to other stocks including Marten Transport, Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN), Del Taco Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ:TACO), and Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the fresh action regarding Newport Corporation (NASDAQ:NEWP).

Hedge fund activity in Newport Corporation (NASDAQ:NEWP)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a rise of 11% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or had already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the number one position in Newport Corporation (NASDAQ:NEWP), worth close to $53.2 million, accounting for 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting in the 2 spot is Portolan Capital Management, managed by George McCabe, which holds a $5.8 million position; the fund has 0.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Brian C. Freckmann’s Lyon Street Capital, Tom Henwood’s OMT Capital Management, and Renaissance Technologies.

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