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WL Ross Holding Corp (NASDAQ:NXEO) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with NXEO holdings at the end of September. 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 TIER REIT Inc (NYSE:TIER), Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ:VRTU), and CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s review the recent action regarding WL Ross Holding Corp (NASDAQ:NXEO).
What does the smart money think about WL Ross Holding Corp (NASDAQ:NXEO)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 5% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in NXEO over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC has the most valuable position in WL Ross Holding Corp (NASDAQ:NXEO), worth close to $167.9 million, accounting for 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Eli Cohen of Crescent Park Management, with a $4.6 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism consist of Jamie Mendola’s Pacific Grove Capital, Peter S. Park’s Park West Asset Management and Bart Baum’s Ionic 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.