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Is Q2 Holdings Inc (QTWO) Going to Burn Investors?

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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 Q2 Holdings Inc (NYSE:QTWO).

Q2 Holdings Inc (NYSE:QTWO) has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. 12 hedge funds that we track were long the stock on September 30. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with QTWO positions at the end of the June quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare QTWO to other stocks including Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC), Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), and Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE:OXM) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Q2 Holdings Inc (NYSE:QTWO)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 14% drop from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards QTWO over the last 5 quarters, which shows a steep decline in bullish positions over the past 4 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management has the largest call position in Q2 Holdings Inc (NYSE:QTWO), worth close to $8.1 million. The second largest stake is held by Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro of PAR Capital Management, with a $4.7 million position. Some other professional money managers that are bullish include Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates. 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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