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Is ViaSat, Inc. (VSAT) A Good Stock To Buy?

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You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.

ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. VSAT has seen an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with VSAT 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 HEALTHSOUTH Corp. (NYSE:HLS), Leidos Holdings Inc (NYSE:LDOS), and ONE Gas Inc (NYSE:OGS) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 40% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in VSAT over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Baupost Group, led by Seth Klarman, holds the largest position in ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT). Baupost Group has a $860.9 million position in the stock, comprising 12.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Southeastern Asset Management, led by Mason Hawkins, which holds a $342.8 million position; 3.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions comprise Bob Peck and Andy Raab’s FPR Partners, Bain Capital’s Brookside Capital and Jeffrey Bronchick’s Cove Street Capital. We should note that Southeastern Asset Management is 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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