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Is Rudolph Technologies Inc (RTEC) A Good Stock To Buy?

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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 Rudolph Technologies Inc (NYSE:RTEC) .

Rudolph Technologies Inc (NYSE:RTEC) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. RTEC investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with RTEC positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE:NSA), Otonomy Inc (NASDAQ:OTIC), and Easterly Government Properties Inc (NYSE:DEA) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in Rudolph Technologies Inc (NYSE:RTEC)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a gain of 11% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards RTEC over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Rudolph Technologies Inc (NYSE:RTEC). Royce & Associates has a $29.4 million position in the stock. Coming in second is D. E. Shaw of D E Shaw, with a $10.9 million position. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions include Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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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