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Is Werner Enterprises, Inc. (WERN) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

Is Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN) worth your attention right now? Prominent investors are getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund positions advanced by 2 lately. WERN was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with WERN holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare WERN to other stocks including Cambrex Corporation (NYSE:CBM), Insperity Inc (NYSE:NSP), and Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 15% rise from the previous quarter, as hedge fund ownership remains somewhat volatile. By comparison, 14 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in WERN heading into this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the number one position in Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN), worth close to $28.5 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, which holds a $20.5 million position. Some other peers with similar optimism comprise Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Michael O’Keefe’s 12th Street Asset Management, and David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. We should note that 12th Street 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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