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Mentor Graphics Corp (NASDAQ:MENT) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare MENT to other stocks including Franks International NV (NYSE:FI), National General Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:NGHC), and South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE:SJI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action regarding Mentor Graphics Corp (NASDAQ:MENT).
Hedge fund activity in Mentor Graphics Corp (NASDAQ:MENT)
At Q3’s end, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 13% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Elliott Management, managed by Paul Singer, holds the most valuable position in Mentor Graphics Corp (NASDAQ:MENT). Elliott Management has a $127.6 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $53.4 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management and Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital.