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Is Varonis Systems Inc (VRNS) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Varonis Systems Inc (NASDAQ:VRNS) .

Varonis Systems Inc (NASDAQ:VRNS) was included in the equity portfolios of 17 investors tracked by Insider Monkey at the end of September. VRNS investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money, as there had been 14 funds in our database with VRNS positions at the end of the previous quarter. However, 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 Leju Holdings Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:LEJU), TriCo Bancshares (NASDAQ:TCBK), and Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a look at the key action encompassing Varonis Systems Inc (NASDAQ:VRNS).

How are hedge funds trading Varonis Systems Inc (NASDAQ:VRNS)?

At the end of September, 17 investors tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 21% over the quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in VRNS over the last five quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Eric Bannasch’s Cadian Capital holds the most valuable position in Varonis Systems Inc (NASDAQ:VRNS). Cadian Capital has a $34.9 million position in the stock, comprising 1.8% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Alyeska Investment Group, led by Anand Parekh, which holds a $11.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise Josh Goldberg’s G2 Investment Partners Management and Mark Coe’s Coe Capital Management. 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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