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Viavi Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:VIAV) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. 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 Caesars Acquisition Company (NASDAQ:CACQ), Mobile Mini Inc (NASDAQ:MINI), and Silver Standard Resources Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SSRI) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s check out the key action encompassing Viavi Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:VIAV).
How have hedgies been trading Viavi Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:VIAV)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 10% from the second quarter of 2016. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Carlson Capital, managed by Clint Carlson, holds the largest position in Viavi Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:VIAV). Carlson Capital has a $62.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.8% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $47.4 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish contain Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Tom Sandell’s Sandell Asset Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.