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Is Renren Inc (RENN) A Good Stock to Buy?

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Billionaire hedge fund managers such as Steve Cohen and Stan Druckenmiller can generate millions or even billions of dollars every year by pinning down high-potential small-cap stocks and pouring cash into these candidates. Small-cap stocks are overlooked by most investors, brokerage houses, and financial services hubs, while the unlimited research abilities of the big players within the hedge fund industry can easily identify the undervalued and high-potential stocks that reside the ignored corners of equity markets. There are numerous small-cap stocks that have turned out to be great winners, which is one of the main reasons the Insider Monkey team pays close attention to the hedge fund activity in relation to these stocks.

Renren Inc (NYSE:RENN) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. RENN was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with RENN positions at the end of the second quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RENN to other stocks including SunCoke Energy Partners LP (NYSE:SXCP), Greenhill & Co., Inc. (NYSE:GHL), and New Media Investment Group Inc (NYSE:NEWM) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading Renren Inc (NYSE:RENN)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 50% jump from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards RENN over the last 5 quarters, which had fallen sharply ahead of the latest quarter’s rebound. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Larry Chen and Terry Zhang’s Tairen Capital has the most valuable position in Renren Inc (NYSE:RENN), worth close to $1 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Paul Marshall and Ian Wace of Marshall Wace LLP, with a $0.6 million position. Other peers that are bullish encompass Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Michael Platt and William Reeves’ BlueCrest Capital Mgmt. 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-micro-cap stocks.

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